Ducks: Anthony Brown talks decision to return, talent of young QBs


After a wild Fiesta Bowl that saw Mario Cristobal play multiple quarterbacks, Anthony Brown knew pretty shortly after he would return for another season in Eugene.

"Sticking it out here I felt was my best option," explained Brown during Tuesday's media session. "I felt like there was a lot more still to take from this opportunity.

"Consideration [to leave] wasn't too serious [after the Fiesta Bowl]."

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Now with a full spring season nearly under his belt, Brown feels as comfortable in Joe Moorhead's offense as his teammates are with him under center. The Boston College transfer has had rave reviews from teammates all spring with how well he operates behind center during his reps with the ones. 

"I feel like the reps compared to last year, in practice at least, has a huge role in where I'm at," he said. "Repetition [is] the biggest step between this year and last year."

Heading into his final season, Brown wants to work on controlling the speed of the offense and helping it run efficiently.

"We only move as fast as I move and the more efficient I am the more efficient we'll be as an offense," he said. 

However with one year of college eligiblity left, Brown will not be the longterm starter for the Ducks. His successor is likely already on campus, though, with freshmen Ty Thompson, Jay Butterfield and Robby Ashford all competing to be his backup.


"I see a lot of potential. They're all really, really talented," said Brown while letting out a laugh of disbelief. "It's hard to point out one. It's going to be fun watching Oregon after I leave here." 

That's still a long ways away and Brown is enjoying living out his "childhood dream" in Eugene. 

"Oregon and UF were my two favorite schools growing up so just having an opportunity to play in the Spring Game in Autzen Stadium is incredible," Brown said. 

"Especially with my parents being able to come see me play in the stadium I grew up always wanting to play in."

Brown and the Oregon Ducks will play the annual Spring Game, in front of fans, at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, May 1. 

UPDATE: Oregon will NOT allow fans at the Spring Game anymore.