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Transferring ex-Oregon State QB tweets move to Fresno State

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That certainly didn’t take long.

Sunday, Oregon State announced that Marcus McMaryion had decided to transfer out of the football program after turning out on the wrong side of the Beavers’ starting quarterback decision.  Two days later, McMaryion revealed on Twitter that he has decided to move on to Fresno State.

A graduate transfer, McMaryion will be eligible to play immediately in 2017.  Additionally, he’ll have another season of eligibility he can use in 2018 as he graduated in three years from OSU.

In the 15 games (seven starts) in his OSU career, McMaryion completed 128-of-237 passes for 1,689 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Last season as the starter the last half of the year, he went 101-of-170 for, 1,286 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions.

McMaryion also ran for a pair of touchdowns, one in each of the last two seasons.

Bovada continues to tap Alabama as 2017 title favorite

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When last we left Bovada.lv‘s odds for the 2017 national champion, 2016 runners-up Alabama sat atop the initial wagering odds.  On the cusp of a new season?  Same old, same old.  Pretty much.

Along with its updated Heisman Trophy odds, Bovada also revealed its updated odds to win the next edition of the College Football Playoff championship, with the Crimson Tide sitting as a comfortable favorite at 12/5.  In January, those odds were a little longer at 4/1.

The next two teams, USC and Ohio State, saw their odds shorten as well, with the former going from 9/1 to 6/1 and the latter from 15/2 to 13/2.  Florida State and Michigan, at 7/1 and 9/1, respectively, seven months ago, have lengthened a bit to 15/2 for the Seminoles and 16/1 for the Wolverines.

Prior to Bob Stoops’ retirement, Oklahoma had been at 9/1; after his abrupt departure, those odds have tumbled to 16/1.

Below are the complete set of updated 2017 national championship odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv.

Days after naming starting QB, Beavers lose Marcus McMaryion to transfer

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Early last week, Oregon State named Jake Luton as its starting quarterback. Less than a weekend, there’s been some attrition in the quarterback room as a result.

Via a press release, Marcus McMaryion announced Sunday that he has decided to transfer from the Beavers football program. As he will be leaving Corvallis as a graduate transfer, he’d be eligible to play immediately at another FBS school this season.

McMaryion graduated from OSU in three years, meaning he has two seasons of eligibility at his disposal.

“After much thought, consideration, and discussion with my family I would like to announce that I am transferring from Oregon State,” McMaryion said in a statement. “I want to thank the fans of Beaver Nation, the coaching and academic staff, and my teammates for a great three years. As I close this chapter of my life as a graduate, the next chapter awaits. It has been a privilege representing this program on and off the field. For my OSU brothers on the field, remain 11 strong and have a great season.”

“Marcus has contributed much to our program on and off the field during his time here,” head coach Gary Andersen said. “We support him in his decision and wish him well as he continues his career on the field and in his studies.”

McMaryion started the last six games of the 2016 season and, prior to Luton transferring in from the junior college ranks, had been considered the favorite to remain the starter this season.

In the 15 games (seven starts) in his OSU career, McMaryion completed 128-of-237 passes for 1,689 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Last season as the starter the last half of the year, he went 101-of-170 for, 1,286 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions.

McMaryion also ran for a pair of touchdowns, one in each of the last two seasons.

With McMaryion out, the backup job will fall to Darell Garretson. Last season, Garretson, a transfer from Utah State, started the first six games before going down with an ankle injury that sidelined him for the rest of the year.

Oregon State going with Jake Luton as starting QB

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So much for that drama.

Exiting spring practice, Oregon State hadn’t yet settled on a starter in a three-way competition consisting of Darell Garretson, Jake Luton and Marcus McMaryion.  After just one week of summer camp, however, Gary Andersen had seen enough as the head coach confirmed Tuesday that Luton will be the Beavers’ starter under center.

OSU will open the 2017 season on the road against Colorado State Aug. 26.

Luton transferred to Corvallis after one season at the college level. The 6-7, 235-pound quarterback actually began his collegiate career at the FBS level.

Luton took a redshirt as a true freshman in 2014 at Idaho, then played in six games the following season. He started one game in 2015 as a replacement for injured starter Matt Linehan. In those games, Luton completed 49-of-78 passes for 383 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. He also scored five rushing touchdowns.

In Jun of 2016, he announced his decision to transfer from the Vandals.

Pair of Oregon State defenders no longer on the roster

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If you were looking for a surprise team that could take a big leap in 2017, Oregon State is becoming a trendy pick to do so out of the Pac-12 North.

While there is plenty of optimism around Corvallis about a young team getting to a bowl game after a few seasons of bottoming out, the Beavers will apparently be without a pair of players on the defensive side of the ball.

Of the two, Garcia is probably the bigger loss as he was a former four-star recruit for a team that doesn’t get many of them. The defensive end didn’t play last season (academics) but was likely to see action in some fashion in 2017. Liuchan, a linebacker, was set to be a redshirt sophomore this year but hasn’t played a snap for the team.

The reason for their departure was not specified as head coach Gary Andersen didn’t speak to reporters after the team’s practice on Friday.