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Mannion excited for return to Bay Area, but parents won't be on hand for Cal-OSU game

by: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT SEAN MANNION

CORVALLIS - Saturday's visit to AT and T Park has special meaning for Sean Mannion, Oregon State's redshirt freshman quarterback.

As a youngster growing up in the Bay Area, Mannion's family owned season tickets for the San Francisco Giants, whose home field is AT and T Park.

'I've been (to Giant games) there a lot, but I've never watched a football game there,' said Mannion, who played at Foothill High in Pleasanton, Calif. 'It'll be exciting to be back in the Bay Area. But my focus is on the game' against California.

Mannion will have an extra large cheering section for Saturday's game.

'My uncle bought about 40 tickets, and my high school coach bought about 30,' he said. 'And some of my family and friends from up here will be going down for the game.'

Neither of Mannion's parents will be at the game, though.

The Mannions have relocated to Silverton, where Sean's father, John, is in his second season as head coach. The Foxes, 7-2 in the regular season and ninth in the Class 5A power rankings, visit eighth-ranked Ashland in a first-round playoff matchup Friday.

'Dad was hoping for a Thursday game so he could be in San Francisco for our game,' Sean said.

Sean's mother, Inga, will be in Corvallis. Sean's 7-year-old brother will be playing a Pop Warner game Saturday at Reser Stadium.

Mannion, fourth in the Pac-12 in passing yardage per game (271.9), said that despite Oregon State's youth, the 2-7 Beavers aren't yet looking toward next season.

'Every day for the rest of this season, we're going to try to grow and finish the season strong,' he said. 'Next season is a long way off. We'll get to that when it comes.'