The Oklahoma State Cowboys have a bevy of questions themselves as the begin the 2019 college football season. Quarterback, running back, and defensive line top the list of questions for Oklahoma State but the good news is that Oregon State could help provide some answers right off the bat.
A team that very much looks like they could belong in the Big 12, the Beavers are good enough on offense to give the Oklahoma State defense a good test but Oregon State’s defensive struggles could make for the perfect scenario for the Pokes to break in their new quarterback(s).
Here are three questions about Oklahoma State’s season opening opponent.
Will The Sixth Year Be The Magical Season For QB Jake Luton?
No one really knows how good of a quarterback Jake Luton is. He’s shown promise over the course of his career but he’s also been plagued by the injury bug. So much so that he has been granted a medical hardship waver, giving him a sixth year of eligibility.
Over the weekend head coach Jonathan Smith announced that Luton had won the quarterback competition and would be the starter in the season opener against Oklahoma State. This begs the question of whether 2019 will be the season he breaks the injury curse, allowing fans truly see the potential of their much matured quarterback?
In 2018 Luton threw for 1,660 yards and 10 touchdowns while making eight game appearances.
Will The Defense Be Able To Force Turnovers?
Defensive woes have been a thing in Corvallis for several seasons running but 2018 may have been the worst of the worst. The Beavers finished 129th of 130 FBS teams in both scoring defense (45.7 ppg) and total defense (536.8 ypg). They were also 129th nationally in run defense.
One of the primary deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball was the ability to get takeaways. Oregon State was the only FBS program with less than ten forced turnovers (8) in 2018.
Obviously there’s a lot that needs to change on the defensive side of the ball for the Beavers to find success in 2019 but forcing turnovers is just as good as any place to start.
Will The Nebraska Impact Be Significant?
Oregon State added much needed depth on both sides of the ball thanks to a slew of transfers from Nebraska.
Quarterback Tristan Gebbia was just edged out by Luton in that position battle, but given the injury history Gebbia is a backup that literally could make his way to the field at any given moment.
Former 4-star recruit Tyjon Lindsey could have an immediate impact in the passing attack. According to 247Sports, the 5-foot-9, 200 pound receiver, was the number 1 recruit in Nevada and the number 50 prospect in the nation in the 2017 class.
On the defensive side of the ball Avery Roberts is looking to make his way into the starting linebacker rotation. Like his other former Husker teammates, Roberts transferred following the 2017 season that ended in Mike Riley getting fired at Nebraska. Also, like Lindsey, he was a 4-star recruit coming out of high school. He played in 12 games as a freshman in 2017 before sitting out 2018 due to the NCAA transfer rule.
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