Jake Luton has had a long college career that has seen him play at Idaho and Oregon State. He has also dealt with several injuries during his career. Those injuries have prevented Luton from getting a solid rhythm going in his career. In this quarterback battle, Luton beat out Nebraska transfer Tristan Gebbia.
Jake Luton Wins Starting Job
As mentioned, Luton has dealt with several injuries throughout his career. Despite that, he has shown flashes when he has gotten to play. Standing at 6’7″ Luton has a very big arm, which is something that had people hopeful when he transferred to Oregon State.
Last season Luton completed 62.5 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,660 yards, 10 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Overall not bad numbers.
Returning on the Oregon State offense is a good stable of running backs and receivers. That will make the job easier for Luton, however, the Beavers will need their offensive line to perform better so Luton can stay healthy.
Oregon State is opening the season with Oklahoma State on Friday, which is a tough game to open up with.
When Gebbia transferred to Oregon State from Nebraska, it was expected that he would come in and win the starting job this season when becoming eligible. However, it appears he wasn’t quite ready to take those reigns.
With that being said, expect both quarterbacks to play a decent amount this season. Oregon State is unlikely to be a bowl team and Gebbia should be the program’s quarterback going forward.
As the program tries to build on a 2-10 season, Jonathan Smith needs to start the quarterback he feels like gives them the best chance to improve on that record. And for the time being, it appears that is Luton.