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The NFL will wait: QB Sean Mannion still has goals at Oregon State

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FILE - In a Dec. 24, 2013, file photo Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion looks for an open receiver in the second quarter of the Hawaii Bowl NCAA college football game against Boise State, in Honolulu. The once the soft-spoken and reserved quarterback for the Oregon State has blossomed into a confident full-fledged leader in his senior season for the Beavers. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner, file) (The Associated Press)

The difference in Sean Mannion is marked: The once soft-spoken and reserved quarterback for Oregon State has blossomed into a confident full-fledged leader in his senior season for the Beavers.

A perfect fit in Oregon State's pro-style offense, Mannion set a Pac-12 season record for passing yards last season with 4,662. He threw an Oregon State-record 37 touchdown passes, third-most for a single season in conference history.

Mannion, who has 10,436 career passing yards, needs 1,839 more this season to pass USC's Matt Barkley as the all-time Pac-12 leader.

Mannion could have gone to the NFL this spring, but decided to play out his college career.

The Beavers open the season at home Saturday against Portland State.