'100 percent' Mannion to backup Vaz against Utah

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Sean Mannion was Oregon State's biggest fan last weekend against BYU, but this week he's ready to play.

Just eight days after having surgery on his left knee, quarterback Sean Mannion says he feels "100 percent."

He was at practice Thursday making all the throws and will be a backup this Saturday when the Beavers face Utah.

"My goal the whole time was to be ready for the Utah game, so I guess I reached my goal," says Mannion. "Obviously in my mind, it was never fast enough. From what everyone was telling me, I'm pretty far ahead of schedule."

Mannion said that if he needed to, he could come into the game, but after Cody Vaz's impressive performance last weekend against BYU, there is no need to rush things.

"I just need to prepare myself like last week," says Vaz. "You know, even more, just watch more film. I don't want to be surprised by anything that I see out there, so I'm going to do everything I can to prepare myself."

"They are a good football team," says Mike Riley about Utah. "They are very, very physical. All we have to do is look at last year's film to know what being physical means to them."

Last season the Beavers lost 27-8 in Salt Lake City.

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