Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

Oregon quarterback Travis Jonsen has decided to transfer, according to a program source, leaving the Ducks with just one veteran quarterback on the roster. 

Jonsen plans to transfer to Riverside City College where he could play this season then be eligible to transfer and play at a FBS program in 2018.

His move affirms that sophomore Justin Herbert was winning the competition with Jonsen to be the starter in 2017.

Jonsen follows redshirst freshman Terry Wilson Jr., who elected to transfer during spring drills. 

The loss of Jonsen makes true freshman Braxton Burmeister the backup to Herbert, and could thrust senior Taylor Alie back into the quarterback mix after he was moved to receiver in 2016. 

Jonsen came to Oregon as a four-star recruit in 2015 and No. 3-rated dual-threat quarterback in the nation. He redshirted as a freshman under coach Mark Helfrich and saw his development slowed by a turf toe injury. 

The following spring, Oregon brought in graduate transfer Dakota Prukop to compete with Jonsen for the starting job after moving Taylor Alie and Jeff Lockie to receiver.

Jonsen showed well and impressed coaches enough for them to believe that even if Jonsen lost the starting job the Ducks would be set at quarterback for the near future. 

However, during fall camp Jonsen regressed and fell all the way to fourth string behind Prukop, Herbert and Wilson, who was redshirting. 

Herbert eventually became the starter and ended up passing for 19 touchdowns while very much looking like a potential future superstar. 

 

Jonsen, however, elected to stay at Oregon and make a fresh start under new coach Willie Taggart, hired shortly after Helfrich and his staff were let go.

Taggart stated numerous times upon his arrival and throughout spring drills that Herbert would not be handed the starting and job and would have to compete with Jonsen and Wilson. 

Early into spring drills, however, Wilson bowed out of the competition and left. According to a source, Jonsen sought to leave UO before spring drills before electing to stay. 

Oregon's spring game, however, made it clear publicly that Herbert remained the best quarterback on the roster. 

Herbert completed 16 of 26 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns. Jonsen completed 5 of 15 passes for 86 yards with an interception.