Head coach Gary Andersen announced Tuesday that Jake Luton would be the Beavers starting quarterback for the upcoming season. The news was first reported by Gina Mizell of The Oregonian.
This ends the summer-long battle for the starting QB job. The three-way battle was between 2016 starters Marcus McMaryion and Darell Garretson and transfer Jake Luton. Luton had been taking first team reps all summer, making this somewhat of a predictable decision, but many had wondered if Oregon State would use a two-quarterback system to start the 2017 season.
Luton, a junior college transfer, originally started his career at the University of Idaho before transferring to Ventura Community College in California. The QB committed to the Beavers last October. Luton was a standout at Ventura, throwing for 3,551 yards and 40 touchdowns in 2016, good for Junior College All-American honors.
The Beavers had somewhat of a quarterback dilemma in the last couple of seasons, with four different QB’s making a start in that span. The most successful one was McMaryion, who closed out the 2016 season as the starter, amassing 1,280 yards through the air with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. Garretson started the first six games of the 2016 season, passing for 671 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions. Luton hopes to upgrade a position that has been an area of opportunity for the Beavers in the Gary Andersen era. Luton has many traits that the Beavers have lacked:
Seeing reports that Jake Luton has been named the starting QB for @BeaverFootball. His best asset is the long ball which OSU lacked last yr.— Jonathan Style (@JonathanRStyle) August 1, 2017
McMaryion and Garretson will battle for the backup job behind Luton, which is still very important, as we’ve seen over the past couple of seasons for Oregon State Football. This will hopefully allow the Beavers to redshirt former walk-on Conor Blunt and incoming freshman Aidan Willard to give them an extra year of eligibility. Coach Andersen addressed the media today in Bend, where Fall Camp is taking place for the Beavers:
Beaver fans should be excited for what Luton can bring to the offense this season. Luton is a 6’7″, 235-pound QB with a strong arm, big frame, and the athleticism to scramble for scores as well. This could be the best quarterback OSU has had since Sean Mannion a few years ago, but with a bigger build and much more athleticism. Don’t let me just tell you about him though, take a look for yourself:
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