Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan is entering the transfer portal.

At one point a starter in 17 straight contests for the Beavers, Nolan opened the year as QB1 atop the Oregon State depth chart but an injury in the Utah game on Oct. 1 forced him to the sideline. His replacement, Ben Gulbranson, took the job and held it for good even after Nolan returned to health.

“The people in Corvallis took me under their wing, and helped me excel to new heights in all aspects of my life,” he wrote in a post on social media. “I will always call Corvallis home, and always be a Beav.”


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Nolan closed out the 2022 season with 939 yards and seven touchdowns while completing 59.5% of his passes. He threw eight interceptions, though — six of which came in his final two appearances of the year.

The fifth-year junior got off to a rolling start and helped the Beavs to wins in their first three games. He had 251 yards and two scores in the season-opening win over Boise State, pushing the ball downfield with real success. That deep threat continued the following week as he threw 219 yards and a score. In a Week 3 beatdown of Montana State, Nolan went for 276 yards and four scores, marking back-to-back weeks without a pick.

He was picked off four times in a Sept. 24 loss to USC at home, though. A week later, Nolan was picked off twice in the first quarter against Utah before leaving with what was described later as a neck strain.

Gulbranson took over and went 6-1 as a starter from then on.

Nolan started 20 games in his career over three seasons in Corvallis, throwing for 4,153 yards with 32 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.