Friday’s football games

Bend at Summit 7 p.m.

Mountain View at Southridge 7 p.m.

Redmond at North Bend 7 p.m.

Ridgeview at Springfield 7 p.m.

Sisters at Cascade 7 p.m.

Gladstone at Crook County 7 p.m.

Madras at Blanchet Catholic 7 p.m.

Pleasant Hill at La Pine 7 p.m.

Culver at Colton 7 p.m.

Gilchrist at Powers 4 p.m.

Perhaps it was easy to assume that Luke Musgrave would attend the University of Oregon, given that his father and uncle both played quarterback for the Ducks back in the day.

But the Bend High senior tight end, ranked as a three-star recruit by, chose Oregon State over Oregon and a few other schools last June when he verbally committed to the Beavers. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound, multiskilled Musgrave has helped lead the Lava Bears to a 4-1 record as they get set to play at Summit on Friday night.

Luke’s uncle Bill Musgrave was a starting quarterback at Oregon from 1987 to 1990 who went on to a long NFL coaching career and is currently offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. Luke’s father and Bill’s younger brother, Doug Musgrave, was mostly a backup quarterback at Oregon (1991-92) after his brother graduated.

But Luke says he did not grow up as a rabid Duck fan. Rather, he rooted for both the Ducks and Beavers.

“I mean, I was always … I loved just the (state of) Oregon teams,” Luke says. “I supported local teams, so I liked the Ducks, I liked the Beavers. Usually I’d kind of root for the Beavers during the Civil War just to be different than everybody else. I was just kind of like, everybody roots for the Ducks, I might as well root for the underdogs.”

Bend High coach Matt Craven suggests that Luke’s decision to attend OSU “makes for a really interesting Thanksgiving dinner” at the Musgrave home, but Luke says both his father and uncle have been supportive of his decision.

“They just like me doing football,” Luke says. “They love both teams. They love the Ducks and the Beavers.”

Luke grew up playing quarterback in youth football but switched to tight end as he grew into his body and after he moved to Bend with his family from Vancouver, Washington, when he was a sophomore.

He says that before this past summer he was merely hoping to walk on at a school such as FCS Portland State, but after impressing FBS coaches at the Northwest Showcase Camp at Pacific University in Forest Grove in early June, the offers came flooding in. Cal-Berkeley recruited him as a defensive end, and Utah State was also interested.

Oregon’s offer came a month after Oregon State’s, Luke says, and by then he had pretty much decided. He says he was not expecting the offer from Oregon.

“I liked the whole campus feel and I just liked OSU a little bit better,” he explains. “Oregon’s a great program, but I just felt a little bit more at home at OSU. It was a tough decision. All the coaching staffs that were recruiting me were great. It was hard to turn them down, but I had to make one decision and that’s just where I decided to go.”

Oregon got a commitment from Patrick Herbert, a senior tight end at Eugene’s Sheldon High and the younger brother of current Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert, and Musgrave says that affected his decision “a little bit, but not much.”

“I’m going to have to beat out great players anywhere I go,” says Musgrave, whom OSU recruited as a tight end. “OSU was just really where I fit the best.”

His decision made waves in regional recruiting circles because it marked the first time new Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith beat out the Ducks for a coveted in-state recruit, according to

So far this season the Beavers are 1-4, and they had only one victory last season, over Portland State. Musgrave hopes to be a part of the new, young talent that could help turn the OSU program around.

“Hopefully we can get back at it, get some Pac-12 wins, and by my senior season be a great team again,” Musgrave says. “They are struggling, but a lot of good stuff is going on there. They’ve got some great talent and great young players, they’re just inexperienced. I’m really excited to see what happens once they get older.”

Through five games this season with the Lava Bears, Musgrave has 19 receptions for 300 yards and two touchdowns. In a 34-24 victory at South Salem last week, he caught a 61-yard touchdown pass and ran for a 13-yard score.

Perhaps displaying some of his quarterback genes, he threw a 28-yard touchdown pass in a 40-20 win over Roseburg on Sept. 21.

“Anyone that has the skill set that he has, it really opens the door for lots of different things that we can do,” Craven says. “We can put him out there and throw the ball to him, he can throw the ball himself. And we also find a way to get him the ball rushing when we run jet sweeps to him. He’s a multiskilled athlete.

“I think the thing that people don’t necessarily recognize is what a great defensive player he’s been for us. He’s had a real impact at defensive end.”

Craven says that Musgrave is most dangerous at wide receiver, where he typically has a significant size advantage over opposing cornerbacks, but Musgrave says he is happy playing wherever he is needed.

“I’ll play wherever I can help the team win,” he says. “Wherever they need me, I’ll go. We have some special players on this team, it just depends on how hard we work. The sky’s the limit. (Quarterback) Cooper Simmonds is doing a great job this year, extending plays with his legs. Payton (Davis) and Nate (Denney) are just great running backs, so having those guys to take some pressure off the passing game has opened up some great things for us.”

Craven says he sees success ahead for Musgrave at Oregon State.

“He has a bright future because, aside from being a great athlete, he’s a great student and a great person,” Craven says. “There are very few kids that are the whole package and he is one of those kids. He’s an excellent student who comes from a very grounded family.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318,