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Oregon State Football: Who is Jake Luton?

Get to know the former Idaho Vandal and newest starting QB for the Beavers.

Idaho v USC Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Hello all! I am AdoptedAggie, the beat writer for the Idaho Vandals and New Mexico State Aggies over at the great site, UnderdogDynasty.

I was kindly invited by Joseph Londergan to write up a little information on the newest starting quarterback for the Oregon State Beavers, Jake Luton.


Position: Quarterback

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 234 lbs.

Year: Redshirt Junior

Three Characteristics: Big arm, mobile, spotty vision

Jake Luton-Idaho Vandals

Jake Luton originally signed with the Idaho Vandals out of Marysville-Pilchuck high school. There, Luton quarterbacked a run-heavy offense that caused him to only get one FBS offer despite his talent.

Luton came to Moscow in 2014 and redshirted as a true freshman. In 2015, he came back and tried to win the job from incumbent Matt Linehan who had been coming off foot surgery but was unsuccessful.

He did play in four games for the Vandals in 2015, however, throwing for 403 yards on 51-80 passing (63.8%). His ratio was one touchdown to four interceptions, hence the reason I list “spotty vision” under the Three Characteristics.

I can’t really say if that is still true today but when he was a member of Idaho I certainly wondered.

In addition to his passing numbers, Jake also rushed for 73 yards and five touchdowns in his eight games (one start).

Life After Idaho

After 2015, Jake decided to transfer to Ventura Community College in Ventura, California where he made significant strides.

I, admittedly, did not follow Jake when he was at Ventura but it looks like he did just fine! Below are some of the highlights from his sophomore year last year.

Statistically, Jake did very well. He went 261-462 (56.5%) for 3,551 passing yards and 40(!) touchdowns (both school records) against 15 interceptions, while rushing for 175 yards and an additional six touchdowns.

As a result of his efforts, Jake was named a Junior College All-American and the National Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

He is considered a three star junior college quarterback and is ranked in Scout’s JUCO top 100 and ESPN’s top 50 JUCO recruits.

Certainly Jake provides the Beavers with some talent at quarterback and hopefully shows improvement once again!