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August 1, 2011
2011 QUARTERBACK PREVIEW
The 2011 season is just around the corner. With Fall Camp starting and the season opener vs. Sacramento State quickly approaching, BeaverBlitz is here to give you a preview of each position.
Joining the Beavers this summer is former 2* quarterback, Peter Ashton, from Grapevine (Tex.) Faith Christian . Ashton impressed the coaching staff enough at the OSU Team Camp last summer to earn an offer and committed soon thereafter. In watching Ashton's film, you see an athlete playing the quarterback position. Peter has an above average arm with fairly good accuracy, can make plays with his feet in escaping the pocket to pick up yards scrambling, and is not afraid of contact.
In discussing Ashton's play with several other Blitzers, several of us made the comparison of Ashton to Stanford's Andrew Luck. They have comparable builds at 6'2" - 6'3" and 210 lbs. while also having a comparable skill set.
QUESTION HEADING INTO CAMP
One of the big questions that we will be looking to answer is how Katz has recovered from his off-season wrist surgery. Quarterback's rely so much on 'touch' so all eyes will be on Ryan early to see how his wrist has healed and how he adjusts to new center Grant Johnson. The other main question is whether or not he will take the big strides that other quarterbacks have made during their second year as the starter.
The Beavers are in a great spot when looking at the quarterback position. With Katz being just a junior and the rest of the quarterbacking group being underclassmen, the Beavers are set up well for the present and the future.
When looking at the rest of the Pac-12 conference, Katz has the skillset, and weapons, to become an elite quarterback this year. He should challenge Arizona's Nick Foles, Oregon's Darron Thomas and USC's Matt Barkley for all-conference postseason 2nd team and honorable mention honors, behind Stanford's Andrew Luck.