Corvallis, Ore-- He's 6-5, 220 pounds. He's even tempered and always prepared.
Sean Mannion believes in being ready for the opportunity that awaits. That's why when Mannion was named the starting quarterback last week, he was ready to go.
"It was really exciting, but at the same time it came when we were 0-2," said Mannion. "At the same time it's exciting but our focus has to be on getting this next win against UCLA."
The redshirt freshman from Pleasanton, Calif., will become the youngest quarterback to start for the beavers since Jonathan Smith in 1998. But he's been preparing his entire life.
"Yea, I guess I grew up watching football, playing football," said Mannion.
Mannion's dad, John, is in his second year as head coach at Silverton High School. Mannion's family moved north to Oregon after Sean committed to playing for the Beavers.
"You know he's just an hour up the road," said Mannion. "Last weekend I was able to go home for a couple of days, so it's nice that they're close."
With the help of his family, Mannion tries to play in the moment and stay level-headed on the field.
"I'd say, you have to play with a short memory," said Mannion. "If you have a good play, you just have to move on. If you have a bad play, you have to forget about it and just focus on the next one."
The Beavers will use that attitude to forget about the loss at home to Sacramento State and on the road at Wisconsin. Now the attention is on UCLA.