The 2017 Oregon State football spring game got off to a hot start with a trick play to start the afternoon. Ryan Nalltook a pitch then tossed it downfield to Hunter Jarmonwho coasted easily into the endzone for the first touchdown.
“We tested him out all week,” said Marcus McMaryion. “The first performance wasn't too great the ball got caught up in the air so we had to give him a hard time about it but it got there so that's what matters.”
After the touchdown Jarmon found his way into the stands in the student section to celebrate. But with most the fans concentrated at the fifty yard line he relied on his teammates following him into the stands to celebrate with him.
“Coach A said celebrations were encouraged so he gave everyone the green light and we took advantage of it,” said McMaryion. “I don't know how (Jarmon) got up in the stands so fast though.”
The (listed) Quarterbacks
All three of the quarterbacks showed off their strengths throughout the spring game and they all also finished with a touchdown.
Luton got the most reps during the scrimmage and had some exciting plays, starting off his second drive (the first was the trick play) with a 45 throw to Isaiah Hodgins downfield. He followed it up with a 10 yard touchdown throw to Jordan Villaminthe next play and the offense seemed to be unstoppable.
But Luton also had a few major mistakes during the game when he came under pressure. During one play his pocket was blown up very quickly and he had to rush backwards. He elected to try and complete a pass across his body moving backwards instead of taking the sack or trying to throw it out of bounds, and ended up throwing an interception. His second interception came as he was trying to end the first half with a big bang and was picked off in the endzone on a ball left short out of Jarmon’s grasp.
“I like to make the big play," Luton said. "You could see that today, I made a few mistakes but that’s my mentality. I’m trying to clean it up and make the right decisions.”
But when he was on he looked impressive completing passes to multiple receivers and tight ends in every corner of the field.
“I think over the past couple weeks in the scrimmages I've hit (Hodgins) on a few deep balls and (Villamin) on a few deep balls. My timing is really getting around with Hunter and the Tight ends. The chemistry is getting better every day.”
Darell Garretson’s day started off slow as his first drive was stopped fairly quickly. But the next drive he hit Noah Togiai across the middle for 20 yards and then set up a nice counter where he handed to Nall for a 35 yard touchdown run.
Garretson didn’t make any big mistakes as far as I could see, but had trouble hitting receivers downfield as he overthrew Hodgins and Jarmon once each.
McMaryion couldn’t find the endzone for most of the scrimmage as one ball he threw to Hawkins when he had open field in front of him was dropped. Eventually he found Jarmon on a route down the sideline and it set him up perfectly for a 20 yard run after the 45 yard catch.
McMaryion looked good in almost every situation he was put into, running for a first down twice during the scrimmage and hitting short and long passes.
All three of the quarterbacks got a very similar amount of reps, with Jake having one extra one play drive that resulted in Nall’s touchdown pass. Mason Moran and Conor Blount each got some drives later in the second half as time started to wind down, with Moran getting a few more than Blount.
“All of us (quarterbacks) are really friendly with each other and are pushing each other. No matter if they name a starter today or the day before the first game it’s going to be what it is and we are all going to get after it and work our butts off,” Luton said.
And when asked if he thought the competition was making each quarterback better he had an immediate response.
“I think it does. I think it depends on the group," Luton said. "You could have guys that don't have good attitudes and don't want to work everyday but we do and that’s something that I’m really proud of.”
Final Lines from QB’s
Luton: 1 TD / 2 INT
Garretson: 1 TD
McMaryion: 1 TD (a dropped ball away from two)
Hunter Jarmon 60-yard pass from Ryan Nall
Jordan Villamin 6-yard pass from Jake Luton
Ryan Nall 37-yard run
Hunter Jarmon 68-yard pass from Marcus McMaryion
Tuli Wili-Matagi 2-yard pass from Marcus McMaryion
Connor Laverty 13-yard pass from Darell Garretson
Ryan Nall 7-72-1; Artavis Pierce 7-28-0; Tanner Walker 1-5-0; Kieran Yancy 10-13-0; Jordan Pace 2-3-0; Jaylynn Bailey 2-12-0; Jake Luton 1-6-0; Marcus McMaryion 3-27-0; Conor Blount 1-1-0; Xavier Hawkins 1-39-0
Ryan Nall 1-1-0-60-1; Jake Luton 21-13-2-118-1; Marcus McMaryion 14-9-0-126-2; Darell Garretson 11-8-0-66-1; Conor Blount 1-1-0-8-0; Mason Moran 3-1-0-21-0
Artavis Pierce 4-10-0; Ryan Nall 2-6-0; Tuli Wili-Matagi 1-2-1; Quinn Smith 1-21-0; Kieran Yancy 3-21-0; Isaiah Hodgins 4-69-0; Hunter Jarmon 5-155-2; Trevon Bradford 3-26-0; Jordan Villamin 1-6-1; Koby Tripp 1-6-0; Noah Togiai 3-22-0; Xavier Hawkins 2-22-0; Andre Bodden 1-15-0; Conor Laverty 2-18-1
Jaydon Grant, Wesley Payne