Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Word out of Oregon State is that quarterback Lyle Moevao, who missed spring practices after shoulder surgery, has been cleared by doctors to begin throwing again and should be ready to renew his competition with Sean Canfield when the Beavers begin preseason camp on Aug. 10.
Moevao, a 5-foot-11, 225-pound senior co-captain, started 11 games last year and is 11-4 as a starter over the past two seasons.
But Canfield, a 6-foot-4, 214-pound senior, seemed to pull ahead during spring drills with Moevao on the sidelines. Canfield, 7-4 as a starter, played well while starting twice and coming off the bench for an injured Moevao last year.
Canfield fell behind in the competition in 2008 because of his own shoulder surgery, so the symmetry here is notable.
There was some concern about how fast Moevao would heal and whether he would be ready for full-go action by fall camp. While it's premature to judge him to be 100 percent by the first practice -- shoulders can be tricky -- it's fair to say that the competition between the two capable players appears back on in earnest and will be of major interest before opening day.