Oregon State has named junior Jake Luton as the team’s starting quarterback, coach Gary Andersen announced Tuesday.
Luton, who transferred in from Ventura (Calif.) College in January, beat out Marcus McMaryion and Darell Garretson to win the job. The decision was expected despite a mysterious illness that limited Luton’s participation in the spring, which gave some reason to question his readiness headed into the season.
“I think [Luton] just became much more consistent and, frankly, he had an opportunity to compete, which was very hard for him to do in the spring with the situation he has as far as his health,” Andersen said. “The consistency making good decisions that we’re asking him to make for the most part. Taking what’s there and he’s thrown the ball very, very well.”
In his lone season at Ventura, Luton threw for a school-record 3,551 yards and 40 touchdowns and was named his conference’s offensive player of the year. He began his college career at Idaho and played in four games for the Vandals as a redshirt freshman in 2015.