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Oregon Ducks QB Cale Millen enters NCAA transfer portal

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Oregon has lost another scholarship player to the transfer portal.

Earlier this month, running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio entered the portal and now redshirt freshman quarterback Cale Millen has decided to as well, per ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.

He will have four seasons of eligiblity remaining.

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Millen was a composite three-star recruit from the 2019 class and was ranked as the nation's No. 14 pocket passer and No. 4 player from Washington. He did not play as a true freshman before suffering a season-ending right shoulder injury. 

As a redshirt freshman last season, he was behind Tyler Shough, Anthony Brown, and Jay Butterfield on the depth chart (all of whom are returning in 2021 along with five-star Ty Thompson incoming), but he still wanted to help the team. So with the team nearing the scholarship minimum to play games towards the end of the season, Millen asked Mario Cristobal to move him to where he can play and help the team. 

"As Cale sees our numbers dwindling, a couple of weeks ago he says 'coach I want to help. I want to cover, I want to block," explained Cristobal.

After consulting with Millen's family, Cristobal agreed to put the 6'3" quarterback on special teams where he ended up making a tackle on kickoff coverage against USC in the Pac-12 Championship and two tackles in the Fiesta Bowl against Iowa State. 

 

"In practice, he has been unbelievable, and when I mean unbelievable in terms of his effort, his toughness, his physicality, his speed, his suddenness, his athletic ability," said Cristobal prior to the Fiesta Bowl. "Just a total team guy. Guys like that are winners. It starts in their home, the way they were raised, the way they were groomed to be."

Millen is the son of former Washington Huskies quarterback Hugh Millen. 

In high school, Cale had 104 touchdown passes and only 19 interceptions with a 69.7 completion percentage for 8,288 yards in three seasons.