We're continuing our series ranking the top offensive triplets in the Pac-12 with Oregon State.
Here are the parameters: We’ve selected a trio of skill position players from each team in the conference.
The rules: Each player comes from a different position group, so the offensive version of this series features a quarterback, a running back and a receiver -- no exceptions. We then ranked each program’s troika against the others in the Pac-12, and we’ll be unveiling each in reverse countdown order.
Note: For teams that haven't selected a starter at the quarterback position, you'll notice we've kept things open-ended with who's competing for the starting job.
In 11 starts at Utah State, Garretson completed 217 passes for 2,586 yards. He displayed an ability to stretch the field during his two seasons at Utah State, completing 43 passes of 10-plus yards. That percentage of big plays/completion (19.8 percent) was better than all but two of the 2015 Pac-12 starters (Jared Goff, Vernon Adams Jr.).
RB Ryan Nall
"The Wrecking Nall" showed up the most in the Beavers’ most winnable game (Colorado) as well as the season finale (Oregon). Though it’s a small sample size, he certainly showed that he could be a bruiser for first downs or the big-play guy, which would be huge for the Oregon State offense this season. He missed some of the spring with an injury and could even be out a bit of fall camp, meaning that while he is atop the depth chart, there are still some lingering questions about his availability and whether he’s 100 percent.
Villamin has the kind of size that is going to make matchups tough for some Pac-12 defenders. At 6-foot-5 and 231 pounds, he’s going to tower over a lot of the smaller conference defensive backs and make Garretson’s deep-pass capabilities even more valuable. He tallied two touchdowns and 108 yards on just four catches in the spring game. He and Victor Bolden should attract plenty of attention, which should make each other's jobs easier as a solid one-two punch in the pass game for the Beavers.
Things could get better in Corvallis. If Garretson comes in and makes the passing game viable and Gary Andersen is able to use Nall like he has other running backs, this could be an offense that makes some noise. Whether that’s enough noise to rock defenses remains to be seen (especially considering the injuries on the offensive side of the ball for the Beavers this offseason), but there’s certainly potential and hope for this group. If it shows some consistency, this group could rank even higher at season’s end.