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Former Oregon State QB Jake Luton named backup Jacksonville QB

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Former Oregon State Beavers quarterback Jake Luton has won the backup quarterback competition in Jacksonville to be make the Jaguars' final 53-man roster.

Luton beat out veteran quarterback Mike Glennon and Josh Dobbs to be kept on the final roster while the Jags released his former competition, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. 

Rapoport did add that one of the cut quarterbacks could return later this season. 

Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden praised Luton earlier this week, calling him the surprise of training camp. 

“Jake's been awesome man," said Gruden. "He's, you know, got about everything you know people look for in a quarterback; he’s tall, throws an accurate ball, has a big arm. He's actually, he's really smart. He learned the offense very fast, and he really hadn't needed much help there.

"I think [Jake has] been the biggest pleasant surprise, I would say—is his ability to come in here, learn, he plays with great poise and confidence for a young player.”

Head coach Doug Marrone echoed that sentiment: "I think Jake has done a really nice job for a young guy."

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After missing most of the 2017 season with a thoracic spine injury and being limited to just eight games in 2018 with a sprained ankle, Luton was named 2019 Mayo Clinic National Comeback Player of the Year in his sixth and final year at Oregon State. 

 

The Beavers signal-caller passed for 2,714 yards with 62 percent completion, recording 28 touchdowns and just three interceptions though 11 games in 2019. He helped lead the Beavers to their first five-win season since 2014. 

Luton played 23 games (21 starts) at Oregon State, and concluded his career fifth in touchdown passes with 42 and seventh in passing yards with 5,227. He was invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and Hula Bowl. 

Additionally, Luton was called the late-round quarterback to get by Naismith Hall of Famer Gil Bryant during the draft process.

Jacksonville will begin the NFL season on September 13 against the Indianapolis Colts at 10:00 a.m. PT.