When news broke earlier this week that junior college transfer Jake Luton had won the starting job many Beaver fans asked what would happen with Marcus McMaryion. The junior QB, who took over last season following the Utah game which saw both Darell Garretson and Conor Blount go down with injuries, has announced his intent to transfer.
"After much thought, consideration, and discussion with my family I would like to announce that I am transferring from Oregon State,” McMaryion said. "I want to thank the fans of Beaver Nation, the coaching and academic staff, and my teammates for a great three years. As I close this chapter of my life as a graduate, the next chapter awaits. It has been a privilege representing this program on and off the field. For my OSU brothers on the field, remain 11 strong and have a great season.”
After leading OSU to late season victories over Arizona and Oregon many thought that McMaryion would enter 2017 as the #1 guy on the depth chart, but a change in offensive philosophy and the addition of the big armed Jake Luton threw a wrench into those plans. McMaryion, one of only a few holdovers from the Mike Riley era, will be immediately eligible wherever he ends up as he has already graduated. The redshirt junior has two years of eligibility remaining. The transfer likely moves Garretson to #2 on the depth chart while Conor Blount will be #3. Oregon State also has true freshman Aiden Williard on the roster and currently has two QB commits in the 2018 recruiting class with Jake Dukart and Spencer Petras.