Even though he’ll have to do it without the guidance of former coach Danny Langsdorf, it’s likely Oregon State Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion will set the Pac-12 record for career passing yards next season.
However, Mannion told ESPN’s Kevin Gemmell that climbing to the top of the record books isn’t the most important goal for 2014:
The only stat that matters to me, especially given the way we closed out last season, is the wins and losses. For me, the only thing I have on my mind right now is improving our team and getting more wins.
After a bit of badgering, Mannion did admit that owning the Pac-12 record would be “pretty special,” but only “because of the other names on that list.” (If you’re curious as to the nine names currently ahead of Mannion, check ‘em out here.)
Mannion only needs 1,874 passing yards to break Matt Barkley’s record of 10,436 yards. In this first three years at Oregon State, Mannion has not thrown for fewer than 2,446 yards in a single season.