Marcus McMaryion To Transfer To Fresno State
It didn’t take long for former Oregon State quarterback Marcus McMaryion to find a new home with the Fresno State Bulldogs.
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With McMaryion’s arrival, the quarterback competition at Fresno State just got a whole lot more interesting.
Just a couple days after announcing his intent to transfer from Oregon State, quarterback Marcus McMaryion is going home again.
First reported overnight on Monday by BarkBoard’s Jackson Moore, the Fresno State Bulldogs have landed the former three-star recruit. Other schools who were vying for McMaryion’s services were San Jose State, Texas, New Mexico and Oregon.
McMaryion, a native of nearby Dinuba, officially lost the competition in Corvallis last week to junior college transfer Jake Luton but, having graduated with a degree in public health, will be able to join the mix in Fresno right away with two remaining years of eligibility.
McMaryion debuted and played sparingly as a redshirt freshman for Oregon State in 2015, seeing time in seven games and starting one. Last fall, he played in eight games (starting the last six) for the Beavers, compiling a 59.4% completion rate, 1,286 passing yards and ten touchdowns against just five interceptions on 170 attempts. His 136.49 quarterback rating ranked fifth in the Pac-12 among QBs with at least 150 passes.
With regards to what this means for Fresno State, McMaryion’s arrival puts three former three-star quarterbacks in the mix for the starting role this year (though his late arrival suggests he’s more likely to factor in 2018).
Presumed incumbent Chason Virgil and junior college transfer Jorge Reyna have been competing since the spring, though it’s worth noting that new head coach Jeff Tedford hasn’t been shy about splitting time under center before: He did so with Kevin Riley and Nate Longshore in 2008.
If McMaryion is to be a legitimate contender for the job sooner rather than later, however, he’ll have to get up to speed quickly: The Bulldogs are slated to have three scrimmages in the next twelve days, beginning Tuesday.