MIAMI LAKES, Fla. – Oregon State’s Jake Luton is this week’s nominee for the 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Luton, a sixth-year senior, has overcome a neck injury, an ankle injury and a concussion that collectively shortened his 2017 and 2018 seasons. Luton tallied six total touchdowns in the Beavers’ 48-31 win Saturday at UCLA. 

"I'm just trying to stay healthy and just trying to be consistent throughout the year. I'm not trying to light up any record books or anything like that," Luton told the Associated Press before this season. "I want to put the team in position to win games and make sure I'm on the field. If I can do those two things I think we'll have a good year."

Luton was diagnosed with a thoracic spine fracture in 2017 after being carted off the field in the Beavers’ fourth game of the season, against Washington State. He returned for 2018 but ended up playing in just eight games as he suffered a concussion in the opener at Ohio State and a high ankle sprain in Week 3 at Nevada.

The 6-foot-7, 229-pound signal caller was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and has taken full advantage of it this season, completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,297 yards and 14 touchdowns with zero interceptions for 2-3 Oregon State.

Luton, a Marysville, Wash., native, initially spent two years at Idaho before transferring to Ventura Community College. He is in his third year in Corvallis, Ore., where he has started 14 career games.

The Courage Award was first presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in 2002. A select group of writers from the FWAA vote on the winner each year. The requirements for nomination include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship. The winner of the award will be included in festivities during Capital One Orange Bowl week and receive his trophy at an on-field presentation.


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