Might future Beav QB change OSU's game?

IF YOU LIKE running quarterbacks, it's a pretty safe bet you're going to like future Beaver QB Peter Ashton a lot. A whole lot.

Peter Ashton (6-3, 200) threw for 1,063 yards (55-101) with 13 TDs and six interceptions his senior season. Solid numbers to be sure, especially when most high school teams don't pass nearly as much as they run.

Ashton comes from a small private school in Grapevine, Texas, so by definition he's not going to the same publicity as a lot of the other highly publicized prospects in the Lone Star State.

His rushing numbers from this past season, however, were video game-like.

Ashton carried the ball 228 times for 2,110 yards according to the Dallas Morning News.

Yes, 2,110 rushing yards.

Across the entire state of Texas, the only two private school players ahead of him in rushing yards were running backs, and each averaged less per carry than did Ashton.

Ashton averaged 9.25 yards every time he tucked the ball, and had 24 rushing TDs on the season, leading Grapevine to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools D-II state semifinals and a 10-3 mark on the year.

THE TREND IN college football the past several years has been moving more and more towards the dual-threat QB. That leads to an interesting question – does Oregon State plan on tweaking the offense?

The discussion is probably premature at this point -- Ashton isn't even at Oregon State yet, who knows how he'll perform once he arrives in Corvallis and goes up against Pac-12 competition. The QB position, no matter what scheme or style simply takes time and experience.

Also, tearing up the turf against private schools is different than doing the same against 5A competition.

STILL, MOST EVERY school would love to have a QB who can take over a game with his legs. The problem of course is that the Newtons, Pryors and Martinez's of this world are few and far between.

Further, guys like Colin Kaepernick, for all the plaudits received this year, don't forget that it took a while, and many, many hard lessons learned in the previous seasons, before he shined.

But it also wouldn't exactly be an unprecedented move at Oregon State, to change the offense based on the talents of a key player. "He has forced 9Danny) Langsdorf and the rest of the coaching staff to change the offense to fit his game," reads a story on the official OSU site.

The passage is about James Rodgers and the advent of the fly sweep in 2007.

And so it remains an interesting question in considering Ashton and what he might do at Oregon State. Because, 2,110 yards? That's big time -- in any league, and by any measure.


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