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Beavers gear up for second fall scrimmage

Head coach Jonathan Smith could name a starting quarterback by the end of next week. Saturday's scrimmage will be a critical to the evaluation process.

Posted: Aug 16, 2019 8:26 PM

Corvallis, OR. -- The Oregon State football program held its 14th practice of training camp in anticipation of the Beavers’ second fall scrimmage.

Friday’s practice consisted of offensive and defensive individual drills in addition to seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 competition.

One of the biggest questions surrounding this team is the quarterback situation between four-star transfer Tristan Gebbia and sixth-year returner Jake Luton. There is no time frame on making a decision of who will be the starter week one. But scrimmages are an excellent way of evaluating who can control the offense in a game-like situation.

“I mean every practice is important but for scrimmages, specifically, it’s another way to be able to evaluate who can move the ball and operate,” said Smith. “We haven’t set a time frame of what we want. We want it to play like just like every other position. But at some point at the middle of next week, we are going to start putting guys at first and second.”

Both Jake Luton and Tristan Gebbia took first team reps at quarterback and both completed big time throws to move the offense down the field.

However, it was the Oregon State first team defense that stepped up at the end of practice to sack Jake Luton on fourth down.

“I think the defense won today,” said head coach Jonathan Smith. “They had a couple new blitz designs and switched up the coverages on our offense.”

Oregon State’s second fall scrimmage will be tomorrow night at 7:30 at Reser Stadium. And it’s open to all the loyal Beaver fans.

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