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Kicker Jake Scarton Transferring to Oregon State

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Scarton comes all the way from Pitt, and brings an interesting history.

NCAA Football: Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Beavers have picked up another competitor for their special teams unit, as Kicker Jake Scarton from Pittsburgh announced he was transferring to Oregon State. Scarton was a walk on at Pitt, after attending Hickory High School in Hermitage, PA. He redshirted his first season in 2017, and last year served as the team’s holder for 13 games.

Scarton was involved in a bit of controversy last year that may have influenced his decision to leave Pitt. Scarton was injured in an off campus fight the week before the Panthers game against Penn State, and couldn’t play. That forced backup holder Kirk Christodoulou into action, and he mishandled a field goal and extra point, certainly not helping in Pitt’s 51-6 loss to the Nittany Lions.

The Oregonian’s, Nick Daschel, confirmed with Oregon State officials that Jake Scarton has officially transferred and will be eligible immediately as a walk-on. The redshirt sophomore has three years of eligibility remaining. Jordan Choukhair is entering his senior season and is still entrenched as the starter, but Scarton’s arrival coupled with incoming freshman Jeffrey Nelson certainly adds to the depth at the kicking position.