Luton granted sixth year of eligibility by NCAA

The Oregon State quarterback will return to Corvallis to play in 2019.

Posted: Jan 10, 2019 12:52 PM

Corvallis, Ore. -- The NCAA announced Thursday that Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton has been granted a sixth year of eligibility. Injuries have plagued Luton's career in Corvallis, as the Senior missed all or parts of seven games in 2018 with an ankle sprain, along with eight games in 2017 with a spinal injury. The signal caller started his college playing career at the University of Idaho, where he redshirted, before transferring to Ventura College, and then eventually Oregon State. 

Luton threw for 1,660 yards to go along with 10 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in the 2018 season, highlighted by the Beavers dramatic comeback victory over Colorado in Boulder. That game, a 28-39, 310 yard and 3 touchdown performance in the second half alone, earned Luton Pac-12 offensive player of the week honors. The win was the Beavs lone victory in Pac-12 play, and was one of the largest comebacks in Oregon State history. 

In his career, Luton has thrown for 2,513 passing yards, to go along with 14 touchdowns on a 62.1 completion percentage. 

"I want to thank Beaver Nation for their support the last two years - it's that support that helped make my decision to seek a sixth year," Luton said in a statement. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with Coach (Jonathan) Smith, Coach (Brian) Lindgren, the entire coaching staff and my teammates as we continue to build this program." 

This ruling on Luton came after a recently modified rule by the NCAA regarding extensions. The new rule states that if a student-athlete redshirts in their first year of eligibility and misses a full year subsequently due to injury, they can be granted an extension. Luton techincally missed 2017 due to playing in four games or less. 

Luton's return also signals a potential quarterback battle on the horizon. OSU brought in former Nebraska signal-caller Tristan Gebbia early in the fall, while also losing two QB's on their roster, Jakob Dukart (moved to baseball team) and Conor Blount (announced intent to transfer). 

"We're excited to have Jake for another year," Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith concluded in a statement. "This offense did great things in 2018 and we look forward to building on that production this coming season."

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