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Former Vandals QB Jake Luton named Oregon State starter

In this Oct. 31, 2015 file photo, Idaho quarterback Jake Luton searches for a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football game against New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. New Mexico State won 55-48. (Andres Leighton / Associated Press)
In this Oct. 31, 2015 file photo, Idaho quarterback Jake Luton searches for a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football game against New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. New Mexico State won 55-48. (Andres Leighton / Associated Press)
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BEND, Ore. – Oregon State coach Gary Andersen has named transfer Jake Luton the Beavers’ starting quarterback.

Andersen announced his decision Tuesday following practice in Bend, Oregon, where the Beavers have traveled for a week of this year’s fall camp.

Luton, who transferred to Oregon State from Ventura Community College after playing his freshman year at Idaho, was competing with Marcus McMaryion and Darell Garretson for the starting nod.

The 6-foot-7 Luton threw for 3,551 yards and 40 touchdowns, both single-season records, last year at Ventura.

At Idaho in 2015, Luton featured in six games, throwing for 403 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions.

Luton, a redshirt junior, went 13-for-21 for 118 yards in the Beavers’ spring game. But he was beset by a mysterious illness during the spring that caused him to drop 30 pounds from his 6-foot-7 frame.

He said before the start of fall camp that he has fully recovered.

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