Oregon Ducks

How Oregon's recruits fit in: QBs - Will Braxton Burmeister pull a Justin Herbert?

Oregon coach Willie Taggart last week signed his first recruiting class, which Rivals.com ranked No. 18 in the nation. Now CSN is taking a look at how the new recruits could fit into the Ducks' plans next season.

Today: Quarterback.

New Duck: Braxton Burmeister (6-1, 196, La Jolla Country Day, La Jolla, Calif.).

The four-star recruit passed for 4,461 yards and 53 touchdowns with eight interceptions while also rushing for 1,470 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior. 

Projected 2017 starter: Justin Herbert, Soph., (6-6, 225). 

Key backups: Terry Wilson Jr., RFr., (6-3, 205), Travis Jonsen, RSo., (6-3, 215).

The situation: It's possible that Burmeister could pull a Herbert and shock the program by competing for a starting job as a freshman. However, he would have to do so against Herbert.

That will be difficult to accomplish after Herbert completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 1,986 yards and 19 touchdowns with just four interceptions as a freshman in 2016.

However, Taggart likes quarterbacks with running skills, which could put Wilson, who has dynamic speed, into the mix. However, he must improve his passing accuracy.

Burmeister, who will enroll in March in time to participate in spring drills, also runs very well and can sling it.

"When you're able to do those things, you bring a little more to the table," Taggart said.  "You put a little more pressure on the defense. Braxton is one of those guys that can do a lot of those things for us. I know for me, personally, when you're looking at a quarterback, not only are you looking at his leadership and competitiveness and his smarts, and being able to throw the ball, but I always look for a guy that can get me at least two first downs with his feet."

Herbert is no slouch out of the pocket. He rushed for gains of 273 yards last season, but at 6-foot-6 it takes a bit longer to reach top speed. 

The wild card is Jonsen, who entered last fall as the No. 2 before falling to No. 4.  He has yet to transfer, which means he must be hoping to have a chance to compete for the starting job. He also can run very well. 

The verdict: Burmeister will redshirt. He would have to run the ball better than Wilson and pass better than Herbert to get into the mix. Becoming a better passer than Herbert out of the gate is a tall order. However, the possibility exists that one or two quarterbacks could transfer after fall spring drills. That would open the door for Burmeister to possibly by in the mix as the backup. 

Next up: Running backs. 

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