Today the NCAA granted quarterback Jake Luton’s request for another season of eligibility. The move will cause a sigh of relief for many Oregon State fans. With Conor Blount’s decision to transfer this off-season, had Luton not been gratned another year of eligibility the Beavers’ would have had no one with starting experience on the roster.
Luton has been a journeyman for his college career, starting at the University of Idaho before moving to Ventura College, a Junior College. After one season there, he arrived in Corvallis.
Luton has shown a lot of skill on the field, despite the Beavers’ struggles during his time here. He’s thrown for 2513 yards and 14 touchdowns during his time at Oregon State, and was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after leading the team to an upset win over Colorado last season.
Luton has struggled with injuries, missing eight games in 2017 due to a spinal injury, and seven games in 2018 with an ankle sprain. The NCAA has recently modified it’s rules to allow for another year of eligibility to athletes who miss a year due to injury, and Luton qualified.
Luton’s return means there will probably be a battle for the starting spot in training camp between Luton and Nebraska transfer Tristan Gebbia. No matter who ultimately wins the starting job Luton’s presence will give Gebbia time to learn the system and develop his skills. Today’s news is a huge boon to Beavers’ 2019 season.