Oregon State coach Mike Riley and former quarterback Ryan Katz opened up about what went wrong in Corvallis and why Katz decided to make the move to San Diego State.
In interviews with the San Diego Union-Tribune, Katz and Riley both candidly explained the downfall of Katz at OSU -- from his injury, to the rise of Sean Mannion and Katz' eventual decision to leave the program.
Here's what Riley told the U-T's Brent Schrotenboer:
It wasn’t anything Ryan did or didn’t do. The other kid just played well. It was just a coach’s decision. It was competition. He was bitterly disappointed (to get benched) but handled it like a pro. When the right time came, he came to see me and said he wanted to find someplace he could play his senior year. I was all for him. I just encouraged him to find the right place. That’s why he’s at San Diego State.
Katz said he spoke with former USC wide receiver Brice Butler, who also decided to transfer to SDSU when things started falling apart with the Trojans.
When you have a top player like that coming with you, it definitely went into the decision. I’m glad. I think I made the right choice.
While it seems like there were some hurt feelings -- understandable, considering Katz started 12 games for the Beavers the previous season -- the split appears to be fairly amicable.
That’s behind me. It happened. I really don’t want to get into that, to tell you truth... Things happen. It was a bad situation what happened. I’m an Aztec now. I’m not really looking in the rear-view mirror and don't want to reflect on that.
According to reports, Katz has looked strong in SDSU's spring camp and appears to be the frontrunner to replace Ryan Lindley, a four-year starter who is likely NFL bound. In 2010, Katz completed 60 percent of his passes for the Beavers (213-of-355), throwing for 2,401 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.