The Oregon State Beavers have a serious quarterback competition that just got a lot more interesting.

Marcus McMaryion, a redshirt freshman, entered camp as the third option behind true freshman Seth Collins and redshirt freshman Nick Mitchell. However, during an interview with Pac-12 Networks on Monday, head coach Gary Andersen revealed that McMaryion is making a real push for the starting job.

The 6'1" McMaryion had pulled ahead of Mitchell, according to an unnamed source, as reported by Gina Mizell of The Oregonian.

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OSU quarterback coach Kevin McGiven was impressed with McMaryion's dedication during the offseason.

"Marcus showed me in the offseason that he's not ready to take a backseat to those guys (Collins and Mitchell)," McGiven said, according to Mizell. "He worked extremely hard and he's trying to put himself in a position to be successful going into fall camp."

(h/t The Oregonian)