CORVALLIS — ­Oregon State football coach Gary Andersen said he has talked to Jake Luton and that the junior quarterback is coming along after being injured during Saturday’s game at Washington State, the Corvallis Gazette-Times reported Wednesday.

Luton was strapped to a board and taken off the field at WSU’s Martin Stadium after getting hit while running with the ball. He was motionless on the field for several minutes after the contact and reportedly has a thoracic spine fracture.

“I’ve talked to Jake and he’s progressing,” Andersen said. “Anything that comes from a medical standpoint will come from (OSU team physician Doug) Aukerman, so we’re working to do exactly what we need to do to get him back here and get him on schedule.”

According to the ­Gazette-Times, Andersen said Luton is handling his situation well under the circumstances and his spirits are good.

“We’ll see more as time goes on but that’s a tough place to be for him, for his family, for all of us, but mostly for him,” Andersen said.

The Gazette-Times reported that Andersen had a similar situation come up while he was coaching Utah State when quarterback Chuckie Keeton, then a freshman, suffered a neck injury and was carted off the field. Keeton had what was described as a spinal stinger and made a full recovery.

“My opinion is it’s the healing of getting back on the field is physical and mental in those situations,” Andersen said. “(Luton is) a tough kid, he’ll be ready to jump back out here as soon as they let him, I’m sure, and work through that process.”

—Bulletin staff report

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