Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen has named his starting quarterback for the season opener. Jake Luton, a transfer from Ventura Community College, will be under center for the Beavers in their opener against Colorado State on August 26.
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Luton, who is 6-foot-7 and 235-pounds, beat out Marcus McMaryion and Darell Garretson for the job. Luton was favored to win the job as he had been taking snaps with the starting unit during spring practices and the first week of camp.
Luton began his playing career at Idaho before transferring to Ventura Community College. Last season at Venture, Luton threw for over 3,500 yards and had 40 touchdowns.
Luton told The Oregonian before Andersen’s announcement that being named the starting quarterback would mean “the world” to him.
“I’ve put in the work since I was 6 years old, when I started playing flag football up until now,” Luton said to The Oregonian. “You think back, and really, everything I’ve ever done in my life leads up to now — playing Pac-12 football, where I’ve wanted to be.”