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Developmental prospect coming off impressive first season as a starter



Oregon State University Beavers



Carlsbad, California

Carlsbad High School


After entering the season as a virtual unknown due to injury, Sean Canfield was one of the hottest quarterbacks in the country the second half of the 2009 season. With eleven scattered starts over the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Canfield impressed scouts in his first full season as a starter with his pinpoint accuracy and efficiency. Canfield led the Beavers to an 8-5 record in 2009 and a run at the Pacific 10 Conference championship that lasted right up until the last week of the regular season. Under Canfield, the Oregon State passing offense improved from 30th in the nation in 2008 (249.0 ypg), to 26th in 2009 (270.8 ypg). He led a unit that ranked 15th in the national in passing efficiency (147.33), second in scoring (32.42 ppg), and 28th in total offense (419.42 ypg). Individually, Canfield was the nation's 15th most efficient passer with a rating of 148.26, while also ranking 20th nationally in passing yards per game at 258.58. He passed for at least two touchdowns in eight regular season games this season.

Accuracy is Canfield's strongest attribute, and it was reflected in his stats as he broke the Beavers single-season record for completion percentage. The lefty completed 67.93% of his attempts, a number good enough for sixth in the nation. As a senior, Canfield earned First Team All Pac-10 Conference honors. He was the conference leader in passing yards per game (258.58), and completion percentage (67.93%), and ranked second in passing efficiency (141.9). He tied for the conference lead with 21 TD passes.

A decorated high school standout, Canfield lettered and started three years for Carlsbad High School. He led the team to a 24-9 recorded over his three year span as a starter, including a San Diego Section title as a sophomore. He earned All-Avocado League honors and the league's Offensive Player of the Year award three times, and was a three-time all-state selection. listed him as the nation's 16th best quarterback in its December 2004 ratings, and both and gave him a "three star" rating out of a possible five stars. He participated in the prestigious EA Sports Elite 11 quarterback workout. As a senior at Carlsbad, Canfield earned second-team All-CIF San Diego Section honors after throwing for 1,691 yards on 119 of 214 passing (55.60%) with 13 touchdowns.

Canfield chose Oregon State over an offer from UTEP, citing "coaching staff, the offensive scheme and the overall program" as the reasons for his decision. After graduating early from Carlsbad and enrolling for the spring term at OSU, Canfield spent the 2005 season redshirting while performing on the scout team. In 2006, Canfield was listed second on the depth chart behind current Carolina Panther Matt Moore. However, the redshirt freshman would see the field early in his career. After jumping out to a 42-7 halftime lead in their season opener vs. Eastern Washington, the Beavers put in their back-up in relief duty. Canfield would complete 11-of- 15 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. That season, Canfield saw action as a reserve in eight games, finishing with 335 passing yards, two TDs and a pair of interceptions on 28-of-45 passing (62.22%). He also rushed three times for minus 10 yards and a score.

Canfield was appointed the Beavers starting quarterback prior to the 2007 season. He became the Beavers youngest quarterback to earn the job since current Arizona Cardinal Derek Anderson in 2002. He led OSU to a 5-3 record before suffering a left shoulder injury in a loss at USC, his ninth start of the season. Showing the toughness that is demanded from the position, Canfield returned to action just eight weeks later in the Beavers' Emerald Bowl match-up vs. the Maryland Terrapins after starter Lyle Moevao went down with injury. He hit on 8-of-14 pass attempts (57.14%) for 68 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Beavers' Emerald Bowl win. After the game, he found out the shoulder injury he suffered weeks earlier and had been playing with was actually a torn labrum. He would finish the season completing 165-of-286 passes (57.69%) for 1661 yards, nine touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.

After having surgery on the torn labrum, Canfield missed nearly all of practice in August of 2008 while rehabilitating. Meanwhile, Lyle Moevao, who had taken over for Canfield a season earlier, entrenched himself as the team's starter. It wasn't until game four vs. Utah that Canfield would even be cleared to play, and he finally saw action a week later vs. Washington State, playing in relief of Moevao by throwing a 39-yard touchdown pass. Canfield finally saw significant action just two weeks later vs. Arizona State after Moevao went down with injury. He threw for a pair of scores and 218 yards to lead the Beavers to a 27-25 victory over the Sun Devils. The characteristically cool and calm Canfield showed his emotional and energetic side in his first significant action since 2007. Canfield would go on to start two games that season vs. UCLA and at Arizona, leading OSU to victories in both. He finished his junior campaign with 703 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions on 56-of-84 attempts (66.66%).

After an emotional 2008, Canfield finally regained his starting job in 2009 due to a shoulder injury to Moevao. He led the Beavers to an 8-4 regular season record and a run at the Pac-10 championship that lasted right up until the season finale vs. in-state rival Oregon. Their success earned the Beavers a berth in the Las Vegas Bowl, as he closed out his career with 3,271 yards on 303-of-446 passing (67.94%), including 21 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Canfield joined Florida's Tim Tebow as the left-handed quarterbacks that tried to impress scouts at the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl.


In 35 games at Oregon State, Canfield started 24 contests, hitting on 552-of-861 passes (64.11%) for 5,970 yards, 38 touchdowns, and 26 interceptions, adding three scores on 93 carries for minus 313 rushing yards…Shattered the Oregon State season-record for pass completion percentage of 60.6% set by Matt Moore in 2006, hitting 67.93% of his attempts in 2009…His 3,272 passing yards and 21 touchdowns in 2009 were good enough for fourth place on both of OSU's season-record lists behind Anderson (4,058 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2003, 3,615 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2004, 3,313 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2002)…Canfield's 38 touchdown passes and 5,970 yards rank fourth on Oregon State's career-record lists behind Erik Wilhelm (9,383 yards with 52 touchdowns from 1985-88), Jonathan Smith (9,680 yards with 55 TDs from 1998-2001), and Anderson (11,249 yards with 79 touchdowns from 2001-04)…His 303 completions in 2009 are an Oregon State record, surpassing the previous mark of 283 set by Wilhelm in 1986…His 353 passing yards vs. Idaho State (9/15/2007) tied for 19th on the school's game-record chart…His 87-yard touchdown pass to James Rodgers vs. Portland State (9/5/2009) ranks as the sixth longest pass play in OSU history…His 75-yard pass to Rodgers vs. UCLA (11/8/2008) tied as the 17th longest pass play in OSU annals…Canfield's 10 touchdown passes to James Rodgers ranks the pair fourth all-time in OSU history for a QB-to-WR touchdown combination behind Wilhelm to Robb Thomas (17), Anderson to James Newson (15), Anderson to Mike Hass (14).


All Pacific-10 Conference first-team choice…Elected team co-captain…Started thirteen games including the Las Vegas Bowl, leading the team to an 8-5 record (6-3 conference) and fourth-place finish in the Pac-10…Completed 303 of 446 attempts (67.93%) for 3,272 yards, 21 touchdowns, and seven interceptions...Scored twice on 48 carries for minus 160 yards (-3.33 ypc)…Surpassed the previous school record for completion percentage (60.6% by Moore in 2006) by hitting 67.93% of his passes…His 3,272 yards ranks fourth all-time in OSU history for a single-season behind Anderson (4,058 in 2003, 3,615 in 2004, 3,313 in 2002)…His 21 touchdown passes also ranks fourth in OSU history for a single-season behind Anderson (29 in 2004, 25 in 2002, 25 in 2003)… 162 of his 303 pass completions (53.46%) went for first-downs, with 60 of those converting third-down attempts…105 of his pass completions (34.65%) were completed for a gain of 10-19 yards, and 41 (13.53%) went for 20 or more yards…Plays resulted in either a sack, pass break-up, or interception on 78 of his 446 pass attempts (17.48%)…45 of 446 pass attempts were deflected by the opposition (10.08%)…Averaged 251.6 passing yards per game, tops in the Pac-10 Conference…Ranked second in the conference in pass efficiency at 141.9…Ranked fourth in the conference in average total offense per game at 239.3…On 494 plays, Canfield amassed 3,111 total yards of offense…Engineered 67 scoring drives for OSU, with 46 going for touchdowns and 21 for field goals..


Missed nearly all of practice in August and the first few weeks of the season while rehabilitating from a left shoulder (throwing shoulder) injury suffered at USC in '07 - cleared to play for the first time at Utah (10/02), although he wouldn't see action until the October 11th clash vs. Washington State...Started two games for the season, vs. UCLA and Arizona, and played a majority of the Arizona State game due to a Moevao injury - all victories...Completed 66.67% of his pass attempts (56-of-84) and had a pass efficiency of 155.78 (would have been second in the Pac-10 behind USC's Mark Sanchez, but he did not have enough attempts to qualify)…Finished with 703 aerial yards that included six touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.


Sean started the first nine games becoming team's youngest starting quarterback at OSU since current Anderson in 2002, Canfield connected on 165-of-286 passes (57.69%) for 1,661 yards, nine touchdowns and 15 interceptions…His 353 passing yards vs. Idaho State was the 12th-highest total in school history...Returned to action in the Emerald Bowl in emergency after Moevao was hurt in the first quarter, tossing a touchdown pass to Rodgers.


Played in eight games, all in reserve, as he accounted for 335 yards and two touchdowns (Eastern Washington) while completing 28-of-45 attempts (62.22%)...Played in the first half at Washington and Arizona State, but otherwise saw second half action in the rest of the games.


Redshirted as a freshman…Entered OSU for spring term after graduating early from Carlsbad High spending the season competing on the scout team.


4.96 in the 40-yard dash…1.71 10-yard dash…2.86 20-yard dash…4.59 20-yard shuttle… 12.87 60-yard shuttle…7.51 three-cone drill…29.5-inch vertical jump…8.16 figure-eight drill…12.31 angle drive…250-pound bench press…31 5/8-inch arm length…9-inch hands…Throws left-handed.


Attended Carlsbad (Carlsbad, Cal.) High School, starting in each of his three varsity seasons…Led the team to a three-year mark of 24-9...Earned All-Avocado League honors and the league's Offensive Player of the Year Award three times...Also a three-time All-State selection...Second-team All-CIF San Diego Section as a senior after throwing for 1,691 yards (119-of-214) and thirteen touchdowns...Hit on 152-of-266 tosses for 1,749 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior…Led Carlsbad to the San Diego Section title during his sophomore season, throwing for 1,725 yards (105-of-174) and 17 rated him the 16th-best quarterback in the nation in its December 2004 list...Participated in the EA Sports Elite 11 quarterback workout.


Philosophy major…San Diego Tribune Scholar-Athlete Award recipient for 2004-2005… Son of Jill Ganey and Daniel Canfield…Father is a photographer and mother is a sales representative…Right-handed in everything, except when playing ping pong and throwing the football…Resides in Carlsbad, California

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