Corvallis, OR. -- The search is over for a starting quarterback in Corvallis. Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith gave sixth-year man Jake Luton the opportunity to lead the Beaver offense for the third consecutive year.
Luton won an extended battle for the job against Tristan Gebbia, a redshirt sophomore transfer from Nebraska. Smith said the two players were told of the decision on Wednesday.
“We felt like at the end of the day Jake deserves to go first,” said Smith. “I still feel confident we have two guys we can score points with.”
Luton’s teammates have rallied behind the decision.
“Obviously I've been with Jake for three years now. I know what he can do and I know that he's performing at his highest level I've seen him perform at,” said tight end Noah Togiai. “It makes me excited and our whole team excited for this year. We’ll do the best we can to protect him.”
The 6-foot-7, 229-pound Luton has extensive starting experience, as he was the Beavers’ starting quarterback during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. But injuries derailed his campaigns both years, each time causing him to miss large stretches of the year.
"I've just been trying to make the most of it. It's my real last go around. So just trying to live it up every moment,” said Luton.
Oregon State will host the Oklahoma State Cowboys for the first game of the season on Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m.