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Oregon State QB Jake Luton’s status unclear for Week 2

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Oregon State is looking to get in the win column this weekend after getting roughed up on the road against Ohio State last week. But as the home opener against Southern Utah approaches, it remains unclear just what the status of quarterback Jake Luton will be.

Luton was knocked out of Oregon State’s season opener and has been dealing with concussion symptoms for the past week. Because of the sensitivity and nature of concussions, there is no word on whether or not Luton will be cleared to play in Week2 or if he will have to sit out a week before potentially coming back in Week 3, if not later.

Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith will likely stick with Conor Blount this week of Luton is not available. And because of the nature of the opponent, this may be a good week to play it as safe as possible with Luton’s status. There should be no real need to feel rushing your starting quarterback for a home game against an FCS opponent is a good idea, even if Oregon State may find wins hard to come by this season.

Blount fared well enough last week against the Buckeyes, completing 12 of 19 passes for 169 yards. Blount also threw two touchdown passes in a lopsided loss against the Big Ten favorite.

Oregon State LB Bright Ugwoegbu begins spring practice under suspension

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Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu begins a new spring in the doghouse with new head coach Jonathan Smith. Smith announced on Wednesday that Ugwoegbu was suspended indefinitely by the program without providing any additional information or feedback.

The senior is one of the top players returning to Oregon State in 2018. In 2017, Ugwoegbu was Oregon State’s fifth-leading tackler with 55 tackles in 12 games. He was also third in tackles for a loss (4.5) and recovered a fumble. He has started 20 games for the Beavers in his time with the program, so his absence leaves a void in starting experience for the defense as the spring opens up.

How long Ugwoegbu will be out of action due to suspension remains to be seen, and offering any informed guess on when a return may be possible is impossible to tell without knowing anything more about the reason for the suspension. In the meantime, his absence will allow other linebackers to get a few extra reps in spring practices as Oregon State looks to retool the defense and find a way to take the next step as a program after its latest dismal season on the field.