QB Ryan Katz leaves Beavers

Oregon State backup quarterback Ryan Katz was granted his

release Sunday.

Katz, who was projected as the starter this past season but lost

the job to redshirt freshman Sean Mannion, still has a year of

eligibility left.

He is on schedule to graduate from Oregon State with a degree in

business finance in March. As a result, he will be eligible to play

in 2012 for any program outside the Pac-12 on the condition that he

enrolls for post-graduate studies.

Known for his strong arm, Katz played in 18 games for Oregon

State, including 14 starts. He has thrown for 19 touchdowns.