OSU's Togiai shines in Bend

BEND — Jake Luton and Noah Togiai had quite a bit of fun on Friday night at Summit High.

The two teamed up three times in Oregon State’s scrimmage to wrap up six days in Bend.

Luton capped a seven-play, 70-yard opening drive with a 1-yard TD pass to Togiai.

On their next drive together, Luton found Togiai from 5 yards out to cap a seven-play, 70-yard march.

Togiai missed most of last season with a right knee injury he suffered in mid-September.

“It’s great to see Noah back,” coach Gary Andersen said. “The best thing about Noah being able to make those plays is No. 1 he’s a tremendous player and when you’ve got Seth (Collins), Isaiah (Hodgins) and Jordan (Villamin) out there and Noah, you have a real combination of some really talented young men.

“Noah made some big-time plays, Jake made some nice throws to him and it was great to see that combination growing.”

Togiai was all smiles after the scrimmage, although he admitted he was a bit winded on those first two long drives.

“It feels like it’s been a really long time but I’m just happy to be out here with my teammates,” he said. “Last year was hard to watch from the sidelines knowing what could have been, having had a good spring the year before.”

Luton, who was named the starting quarterback on Tuesday, completed 10 of 15 passes for 122 yards on Friday. His third TD also went to Togiai late in the scrimmage in red zone drills, this time from 14 yards out.

“For a quarterback to be able to drop back and have, with Noah, four guys that are 6-4 plus, that puts a smile on my face,” Luton said. “That’s a really good corps to have. Not only are they big but they’re athletic. They go get the ball.”

Backup quarterbacks Marcus McMaryion and Darell Garretson also saw plenty of action with the second team offense.

McMaryion was 4 for 9 for 36 yards and Garretson 6 for 9 for 61 yards.

“I felt like as on offensive unit we did pretty good,” Hodgins said. “We have some things we need to work on, a little bit of chemistry and communication, but overall we played pretty good.”

Hodgins, a true freshman, is excited to learn from the veterans.

“I definitely love it, especially coming in as a true freshman and this being my first time for everything,” he said. “It’s been an eye-opening experience. Playing with all these older and experienced players is a great feeling.”

Kicker Jordan Choukair had a strong scrimmage booting two 50-yard field goals.

The running backs also showed their depth with Ryan Nall, Thomas Tyner and others breaking off some nice runs.

Tyner, the graduate transfer from Oregon, had eight carries for 54 yards, Nall had five for 22 and Calvin Tyler, a true freshman from Texas, four carries for 39 yards.

Togiai finished with three catches for 20 yards while Hodgins had two for 44 and Collins three for 47 yards. Collins had a couple catches where he had to lay out to make the play.

The Beavers took Saturday off and return to practice tonight. They will hold their final scrimmage at noon on Aug. 12 in Reser Stadium.

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