Peter Ashton arrived in Corvallis last week to begin his transition from Grapevine Faith Christian High School to Oregon State.

Despite playing quarterback in a run-oriented offense at a small private school, Ashton signed to play quarterback for the Beavers.

He couldn’t have done it without Jon Kitna.

“I owe him a lot,” Ashton said from his parents’ home in Keller before he left for Oregon State. “He’s done so much for me.”

The Dallas Cowboys’ backup quarterback has been Ashton’s mentor, role model and something of a personal quarterbacks coach. It was Kitna who put Ashton on Oregon State’s radar.

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