Monthly Archives: March 2017

Luton Emerges At Oregon State Scrimmage

The question most of the 4-5,000 members of Beaver Nation who turned out for what turned out to be a sunny afternoon for their only look at Oregon State football during spring winter ball was who the starting quarterback will be. Based on who took the first reps, and the most reps with the starters against starters, it appears it will be JC transfer Jake Luton, even if head coach Gary Andersen and Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach Kevin McGiven don’t want to say so yet.

That same rotation suggests Marcus McMaryion, who started the latter part of last season, and was the most effective of the 3 who played, will be the backup, with Darrel Garretson third on the depth chart. Connor Blount is still the insurance policy, and Mason Moran is still a distant 5th.

Nothing that happened in the (nearly) Spring Scrimmage suggests otherwise.

All 3 posted relatively decent numbers, but the differences with Luton are differential. Despite being on the rebound from an illness that cost the 6’7″ Luton some 20 lbs. (has anyone around the Corvallis campus NOT had some malady this winter?), Luton has the ability to stretch the opposing defense.

That was on display early in the 2nd series (the first one went for a touchdown on the first play, more on that shortly) when Luton hit freshman Isiah Hodgins for a 37 yard completion, below.

Isaiah Hodgins

And it wasn’t a case of finding someone behind a backup defensive back who won’t be seen on the field in a contested contest; it was Dwayne Williams and Brandon Arnold, Oregon State’s best corner and safety. That set up a touchdown toss to Jordan Villamin.

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Oregon State Will Get Early Start On 2017 Season

Oregon State will get an earlier than scheduled start on the 2017 football season. The Beavers’ visit to Colorado State has been moved up from its original September 23 date to Saturday, August 26. That will also allow Oregon State to start summer practice a week earlier than most teams, who will play on Labor Day weekend.

The game will be the first game in Colorado State’s new on campus stadium in Fort Collins, and can be played early because construction is progressing ahead of schedule, and an original opening date on 9/9 against Abilene Christian is no longer the earliest date the facility could be ready. As a result, the Rams can kickoff their new stadium with a nationally televised game, against a Power-5 Conference opponent. That’s a side Beaver benefit as well, getting a larger national audience than the game would have garnered in week 4 of the regular season.

It will be another scheduling first, the earliest Oregon State has ever played a football game.

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