Sean Mannion embodies the term he believes will define this season's Oregon State Beavers: hardworking.
Described by coach Mike Riley as a "gym rat," Mannion strives to set an example as the Beavers prepare to put last season's disaster behind them. That means work, the sophomore QB maintains.
Last season started with a loss to lower-division Sacramento State and went downhill from there. The Beavers finished with a 3-9 overall record, out of postseason for the second straight season. Mannion was thrown into the fire as a redshirt freshman when he unseated Ryan Katz as the team's starter.
The Beavers open on Saturday against Nicholls State, a game that is already drawing attention because of Hurricane Isaac. The Thibodaux, La., campus suspended operations through Wednesday, including football practice for the Colonels.