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Oregon State Football: Jake Luton Named Starting QB

After a tough camp battle with Conor Blount, Luton secured his spot atop the depth chart

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With the season opener against Ohio State less than a week today, Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith has released the team’s first depth chart of the season. As expected, Jake Luton was named the team’s starting Quarterback for this weekend.

Luton is returning from a 2017 injury that kept him out most of the season. With Darell Garretson leaving the program, the way looked clear for Luton to reclaim the starting spot. He battled with Conor Blount in spring and fall practices, and while Blount looked strong at times, Luton secured the spot in the last round of practices.

Luton will be without last year’s top receiver, as Tight End Noah Togiai will miss at least a month with a knee injury. He still has Timmy Hernandez and Isaiah Hodgins to throw to, but Togiai skills as a receiver and a blocker will be greatly missed.

The Beavers’ season kicks off at 9 AM Pacific Time in Columbus, as Luton and the Beavers take on one of the scariest defenses in the nation in Ohio State.