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Justin Herbert named to Maxwell Award watch list for America's College Player of the Year

Justin Herbert named to Maxwell Award watch list for America's College Player of the Year

The 83rd Maxwell Award watch list is out and to no surprise Oregon football senior quarterback Justin Herbert has made his way onto that list for the second consecutive season.

The Maxwell Award is presented to America's College Player of the Year. Herbert was a semifinalist for the award in 2018.

One of the biggest storyline heading into the 2019-2020 Ducks football season is will Herbert live up to his great potential? Will he be unleashed? Will we once again see that absolute cannon for an arm, pinpoint accuracy, quick feet and good speed QB take reigns of this Oregon offense and lead the Ducks into a season of triumph?

Will this be the year we see Oregon football back on top with one of the best, if not THE best, offensive line in the country, a deep run game, and a stout defense lead by senior linebacker Troy Dye?

Our Oregon Insider Bri Amaranthus predicts Herbert will break Oregon’s record for career pass completions, set by Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota with 779 completions. Currently, Herbert has completed 541 passes in his Duck career, ranking him sixth on the list. He needs 239 more completions to top the list. Last season he completed 240 passes.

Other Herbert quick hits:

- Two-time Academic All-America first team honoree and the reigning Google Cloud Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year.

- Owns a streak of 28 consecutive games with a TD pass, good for the longest active streak in the nation.

- Has led Oregon to an average of 38.3 points per game over his 28 career starts.

- Oregon is 15-6 in his 21 starts over the last two seasons (2017 & 18).

- Enters 2019 season ranked fifth among active FBS leaders in passing TDs (63) and eighth in passing yards (7,070).

- Has 23 TD passes and two interceptions in 11 career Pac-12 road games (10 starts).

Other Herbert preseason honors:

- Maxwell Award Watch List 
- Phil Steele All-America third team 
- Athlon Sports Pac-12 first team
- Phil Steele Pac-12 first team 
- No. 11 on Sports Illustrated Top 100 Players

One-on-one with QB1: Justin Herbert, M.D.

One-on-one with QB1: Justin Herbert, M.D.

Oregon senior quarterback Justin Herbert sits down for an exclusive interview with Talkin’ Ducks host Jordan Kent in the UO theater room at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, OR.

This six part series will dive into how Herbert became the 6-foot-6, 235-pound passer with the powerful right arm and sneaky fast wheels.

Student comes first in student-athlete. That’s exactly how Herbert sees it. Over a 4.0 GPA and majoring in Biology, Hebert excels in the classroom and on the gridiron. Would you believe Herbert isn’t the smartest one in his family?

It all started with his older bother, Mitchell, who has never received a B grade in his life.

“He’s the smartest one in the family as much as I have go say it, he is,” says Herbert on his brother Mitchell. “He’s always done such a great job… I think I looked at that and I wanted to be just like him. So going into college, I knew I was going to have to work and do my best to see if I could match him.”

Competition in every aspect of life, is that what growing up with two brothers (Mitchell and Patrick) is like? Perhaps, but it is paying off for Justin.

As for Herbert’s toughest class? Neuroscience. 

Watch more in the video above of this exclusive interview.

More from this interview:

Part 1: Herbert was destined to be a Duck

Part 2: 

Injury updates from Mario Cristobal: Jacob Breeland given green light vs. Auburn

Injury updates from Mario Cristobal: Jacob Breeland given green light vs. Auburn

An injury update on some of the Ducks following Friday’s fall camp practice:

- Wide receiver Juwan Johnson is limited, but just for precautionary reasons, after leaving Tuesday’s practice with cramps. 

“We feel really good about Juwan. Juwan has come along very well. He’s doing some stuff in a limitary mode out of precautionary measures by us,” says Cristobal.

Johnson is expected to play week one against Auburn.

- Senior tight end Jacob Breeland is good to go.

His return is crucial for the Ducks not only for blocking purposes against Auburn's defensive front but also for his route running and establishing a physical presence against the Tigers’ secondary. 

Cristobal went on to say that Breeland has had a really good camp.

- The highly anticipated return of tight end Cam McCormick is a bit behind schedule.

“Cam McCormick is taking part in practice but not full go just yet,” says Cristobal. “Maybe a little bit behind schedule but not by much. We feel optimistic about him because he’s doing all the stuff that he needs to do to get ready."

One-on-one with QB1: Justin Herbert's expectations far different than reality

One-on-one with QB1: Justin Herbert's expectations far different than reality

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert sits down for an exclusive interview with Talkin’ Ducks host Jordan Kent in the UO theater room at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, OR.

This six part series will dive into how Herbert became the 6-foot-6, 235-pound passer with the powerful right arm and sneaky fast wheels.

[PART ONE:  Justin Herbert was destined to be a Duck]

Have you ever seen the "expectation vs. reality" memes on social media?

When quarterback Justin Herbert became an Oregon Duck, his expectations couldn't have been more different than his current reality. 

"I didn't expect to play my four years at Oregon," Herbert said in the interview with a smile. "I was so excited to be here and I thought, 'Do your job, learn the offense, be there and maybe there's a time when you can step in and do some work.'"

Herbert became the first Oregon true freshman to start at quarterback since 1983 after replacing Dakota Prukop mid-way through the 2016 season. He started the remaining seven games and finished with 1,935 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and only four interceptions. 

[READ: Justin Herbert and Bo Nix could be a Disney movie]

The Eugene-native was born and destined to be a Duck, but still clearly remembers when he got the call from then-Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich with an offer from the program in his backyard. He didn’t hesitate. In fact, Herbert “didn’t think it was real” until he answered the call in the back of the Sheldon High School parking lot.

“I jumped on the bandwagon as soon as I could,” Herbert said. The three-star prospect had taken visits to Northern Arizona and Portland State.

Was Herbert caught off guard to play as a freshman? Check out the video above for more.

Justin Herbert and Bo Nix could be a Disney movie Pt. 1: History

Justin Herbert and Bo Nix could be a Disney movie Pt. 1: History

The season opener between No. 11 Oregon and No. 16 Auburn is beginning to look like the plot of a Disney movie. Two ranked opponents in the national spotlight, led by hometown quarterbacks who have been preparing their entire football career for this moment.

Oregon senior quarterback Justin Herbert and Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix have the opportunity to write the introduction to the 2019 football season. August 31st is the beginning of Herbert’s swan song and the start of Nix’s legacy.

History

Herbert, the 6-foot-6, 237-pound quarterback with the ability to make any throw is a main reason Oregon is the favorite to win its first Pac-12 title since 2014. Before he was projected as a top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Eugene-native was a Ducks fan, a passion passed down from birth.

“I grew up in a family that was Duck fans for as long as they can remember,” Herbert said in a Talkin’ Ducks interview with host Jordan Kent. “I grew up with a grandfather that went to every single game and played (at Oregon). My parents both love Oregon football and my brothers, so I just assumed I had to be a Duck fan.”

Herbert’s grandfather, Rich Schwab, played receiver at Oregon from 1960-63 and introduced Herbert to Oregon football. Herbert remembers experiencing Autzen Stadium with him. As an 11-year-old, Herbert stood next to Schwab in awe during the 2009 Civil War. 

“One of my favorite games was the Oregon-Oregon State civil war game with Jeremiah Masoli,” Herbert said. “I think it was third or fourth down, late in the game and he ran over a guy. I thought that was really cool.”

Schwab passed away in January of 2018, but his impact is everlasting on his grandson.

When Herbert got the call from then-Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich with an offer from the program in his backyard, he didn’t hesitate. It was a no-brainer to follow in Schwab’s footsteps. In fact, Herbert “didn’t think it was real” until he answered the call in the back of the Sheldon High School parking lot.

“I jumped on the bandwagon as soon as I could,” Herbert said. The three-star prospect had taken visits to Northern Arizona and Portland State.

In contrast, Nix was offered by 18 different schools. However, Alabama’s 2018 High School Player of the Year only had eyes for Auburn. The five-star prospect and top-rated dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class never visited any other schools.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback is following in his father’s footsteps. Patrick Nix threw for 4,957 yards and 31 touchdowns over 32 games for the Tigers from 1992-95. Patrick met his wife in college and Bo was raised a Tigers fan since birth. (Sound familiar?)

Nix is the first ever true freshman quarterback to start for the Tigers during week one of the modern era. It’s very likely that Oregon will see both Nix and back-up Joey Gatewood at quarterback on August 31. 

Fittingly, Nix’s favorite Auburn memory as a fan includes the Ducks. Nix’s dream to lead Auburn to a national championship intensified while he watched the 2011 BCS National Championship game. From his seat at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Nix cheered as quarterback Cam Newton and the Tigers defeated the Ducks, 22-19, to win the program’s first national championship game in 63 years.

Nine years later, it almost feels predestined that these two quarterbacks would meet in a nationally televised, primetime game with major legacy and conference implications on the line.

[RELATED: Ducks happy to meet Auburn quarterback Bo Nix in season opener]

The plotline of this Disney movie doesn’t stop there. Neither do the parallels: Both Herbert and Nix were coached by their fathers and will be relying heavily on their father’s advice come August 31 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.  The difference? It’s in the legacy.

Stay tuned for part two.

Ducks happy to meet Auburn quarterback Bo Nix in season opener

Ducks happy to meet Auburn quarterback Bo Nix in season opener

The anticipation is palpable for the season opener between No. 11 Oregon and No. 16 Auburn.

Auburn named true freshman Bo Nix as starting quarterback. Tigers coach Gus Malzahn announced Nix beat out redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood in a competition that began during the spring and lasted the duration of fall camp.

Nix is not your typical freshman. A former five-star prospect and top-rated dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class, Nix enrolled early in January and is poised to have a great career with the Tigers.

He’s looking to start his Auburn career with a bang. Oregon junior cornerback Deommordore Lenoir is looking forward to meeting Nix in his college football debut.

“It actually makes me happy. I want to welcome him to college football," Lenoir said.

I asked, what would be the best way to welcome him to college football?

"Oh a pick-six. Easy," Lenoir said.

Nix has earned the respect of senior linebacker Troy Dye already. Dye has studied Nix’s high school film and will begin a deeper dive on Sunday to start game week.

“Congratulations to him for winning the job. But the game knows no age," Dye said. "Doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or senior, if you’re ready to play, you’re ready to play. We can’t look at him like ‘oh he’s a freshman.’ He’s a great athlete. Top school in a Division I program. He’s the starting quarterback for a Division I team so we can’t ever overlook that stuff. We got to go out there and prepare like he’s been there for four years.” 

Optimism is high for Oregon football’s 2019 season and beating the Tigers will essentially make or break the team’s College Football Playoff hopes. A win sends the Ducks and the Pac-12 Conference into national relevancy, and a loss initiates an uphill fight; no team has ever rebounded from a week one loss to make the final field of four.

One-on-one with QB1: Justin Herbert was destined to be a Duck

One-on-one with QB1: Justin Herbert was destined to be a Duck

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert sits down for an exclusive interview with Talkin’ Ducks host Jordan Kent in the UO theater room at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, OR.

This six part series will dive into how Herbert became the 6-foot-6, 235-pound passer with the powerful right arm and sneaky fast wheels.

Before he was a projected as a top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Eugene-native was a Ducks fan, passed down his passion for Oregon football at birth.

“I grew up in a family that was Duck fans for as long as they can remember,” Herbert said in the interview. “I grew up with a grandfather that went to every single game and played (at Oregon). My parents both love Oregon football and my brothers, so I just assumed I had to be a Duck fan.”

Herbert’s grandfather, Rich Schwab, played receiver at Oregon from 1960-63 and introduced Herbert to Oregon football. Herbert remembers experiencing Autzen Stadium with him. As an 11-year-old, Herbert stood next to Schwab in awe during the 2009 Civil War. 

“One of my favorite games was the Oregon-Oregon State civil war game with Jeremiah Masoli,” Herbert said. “I think it was third or fourth down, late in the game and he ran over a guy. I thought that was really cool.”

Schwab passed away in January of 2018 but his impact is everlasting on his grandson.

Mark Herbert, Justin’s father, also had a huge influence on shaping Justin’s approach to the game. Check out the video above for more.

Justin Herbert named to Manning Award watch list

Justin Herbert named to Manning Award watch list

Add another one for QB1. 

Oregon football senior quarterback Justin Herbert is one of 30 quarterbacks to land on the preseason watch list for the Manning Award, presented to college football’s top quarterback after the bowl games.

According to Archie Manning from the Manning Award website: 

“For our Watch List, we aim to recognize players who have already been successful on the field for their teams, but every quarterback in the country remains eligible. We’ll make some midseason additions to the list as some of the younger quarterbacks and the transfers establish themselves. I’m really looking forward to getting the season started this weekend and keeping a close eye on everyone right through the national championship in New Orleans.”

Other quarterbacks on the list include: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, LSU’s Joe Burrow, Florida’s Feleipe Franks, among others. 

Add the Manning Award watch list to the other preseason honors for Herbert: Davey O’Brien Award, Maxwell Award, Phil Steele All-American third team, Athlon Sports Pac-12 first team, Phil Steele Pac-12 first team, No. 11 on Sports Illustrated Top 100 Players. 

Herbert Quick Hits:

- Owns a streak of 28 consecutive games with a TD pass, good for the longest active streak in the nation.

- Enters 2019 season ranked fifth among active FBS leaders in passing TDs (63) and eighth in passing yards (7,070).

Oregon receiver Juwan Johnson injury scare just "precautionary"

Oregon receiver Juwan Johnson injury scare just "precautionary"

Oregon’s receiving corps received a scare with a possible fifth injury and appears to have dodged the literal largest blow.

6-foot-4, 230-pound senior Juwan Johnson was absent from Wednesday’s practice (during the time reporters can watch) after leaving Tuesday’s practice early with a noticeable limp, according to reports from Eugene.

When asked for an update on Oregon's big-bodied starter, wide receiver coach Jevon Bouknight said it was “precautionary” from cramps, according to reports from Eugene. Johnson is expected to play week one against Auburn.

Oregon needs to find its next leading receiver and the Penn State graduate transfer is looking every bit he part.

He brings needed experience to the position: playing in 16 more games than the Ducks' most veteran wide receiver, senior Brenden Schooler (21 games). Plus, his large, powerful, physical frame is unlike the other receivers currently on Oregon's roster along with his ability to power through and over defensive backs.

The Ducks receiving corps is already coping with the loss of Brenden Schooler, who will be out another five to seven weeks after suffering a right foot injury that required surgery.

The depth took another hit when true freshman receiver Mycah Pittman, who was expected to contribute or possibly start this season, hurt his shoulder while making a diving catch and will be sidelined for at least 6-8 weeks.

Also, freshman wide receiver JR Waters had a lower leg procedure and won’t return for four to six weeks. Freshmen Lance Wilhoit has also been limited with lingering injures.

Stay tuned for more updates, but it appears Oregon dodged a very large bullet. 

Oregon basketball non-conference schedule highlighted by Houston, Memphis, Michigan

Oregon basketball non-conference schedule highlighted by Houston, Memphis, Michigan

The 2019-20 Oregon men's basketball team is reloaded and possibly better than ever

The Ducks have 11 eligible players and are brimming with fresh, elite talent. Oregon’s 2019 recruiting class finished fourth in the country, first in the Pac-12 Conference and second-best all-time for the program, according to 247sports. 

Hopefully the team buys into Oregon coach Dana Altman's plan sooner rather than later, as UO's non-conference schedule is challenging from the start. 

[RELATED: Ducks to open with Seton Hall in Battle 4 Atlantis]

FROM THE UO ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

The Oregon men’s basketball team will host 2019 NCAA Sweet Sixteen team Houston at Matthew Knight Arena this season, and will also face Michigan and Memphis, in addition to a loaded field in the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis, during the non-conference slate.

In total, the Ducks will play eight games against teams that advanced to the postseason a year ago.

“It’s a very challenging non-conference schedule that we are looking forward to,” said head coach Dana Altman. “Just about every team is coming off a good year and is expected to challenge for a conference title, so we are going to have our hands full. But it is an exciting schedule.”

Oregon will open the season by hosting the first ever Green and Yellow game on Oct. 30, where the squad will be divided into two teams for an intersquad scrimmage.

The defending Pac-12 Tournament champions begin regular season play with back-to-back games against teams from the Mountain West Conference at Matthew Knight Arena. The regular season opener is Nov. 5 versus Fresno State, followed by Boise State on Nov. 9.

Oregon will play Memphis, which has assembled the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the nation under new coach Penny Hardaway, in the Phil Knight Invitational Nov. 12 at the Moda Center in Portland.

The Ducks then host UT-Arlington (Nov. 17) and Houston (Nov. 22) before heading to Paradise Island, Bahamas, for the Battle 4 Atlantis, where all eight teams in the field played in the 2019 postseason.

Following that tournament, Oregon will host Hawaii on Dec. 7 and make a road trip to Ann Arbor, Mich., to play the Wolverines on Dec. 14.

Michigan will return the game to Matthew Knight Arena next year, when the Ducks will also host Baylor; Oregon played in Waco, Texas, last season.

The Ducks close out December at home against Montana (Dec. 18), Texas Southern (Dec. 21) and Alabama State (Dec. 29).

In addition to Houston, Michigan (Sweet Sixteen), Seton Hall, Montana and potential Battle 4 Atlantis foes Gonzaga (Elite Eight), North Carolina (Sweet Sixteen) and Iowa State advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.

Memphis and Alabama, which is in the Battle 4 Atlantis, both played in the NIT in 2019. Texas Southern advanced to the CIT semifinals, while potential Battle 4 Atlantis opponent Southern Miss played in the CBI.

Oregon’s Pac-12 schedule, along with times and broadcast information for all games, will be announced next month.

2019-20 University of Oregon Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

DATE                           OPPONENT                                   LOCATION

Wed., Oct. 30           GREEN & YELLOW SCRIMMAGE     EUGENE, ORE.

Tues., Nov. 5             FRESNO STATE                              EUGENE, ORE.

Sat., Nov. 9               BOISE STATE                                  EUGENE, ORE.

Phil Knight Invitational

Tues., Nov. 12          MEMPHIS                                       PORTLAND, ORE.

Sun., Nov. 17            UT-ARLINGTON                             EUGENE, ORE.

Fri., Nov. 22              HOUSTON                                      EUGENE, ORE.

 

Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis

Wed., Nov. 27          vs. Seton Hall                                Paradise Island, Bahamas

Thurs., Nov. 28         vs. Gonzaga/Southern Miss       Paradise Island, Bahamas

Fri., Nov. 29              vs. TBA                                           Paradise Island, Bahamas

Sat., Dec. 7                HAWAII                                          EUGENE, ORE.

Sat., Dec. 14             at Michigan                                   Ann Arbor, Mich.

Wed., Dec. 18           MONTANA                                     EUGENE, ORE.

Sat., Dec. 21             TEXAS SOUTHERN                        EUGENE, ORE.

Sun., Dec. 29            ALABAMA STATE                          EUGENE, ORE.