There’s no denying that the biggest question heading into this 2021-2022 Oregon Football season is who will be the starting quarterback.
Last year’s starter Tyler Shough had about as rocky of a season as the 3,000-mile stretch of the Rocky Mountains. What started out as strong, capable hands quickly turned into head coach Mario Cristobal going with the “hot hand” between Shough and backup QB Anthony Brown in the 2021 Playstation Fiesta Bowl loss to the Iowa State Cyclones.
With all that interchangeability, there is no concrete and clear starter next season.
On the latest Talkin’ Ducks, host Jordan Kent is joined by Pac-12 football analyst Yogi Roth and Mike Yam to discuss more on Shough and what’s to come in the Oregon quarterback room:
“I think he has all the tools,” said Roth. “I think he can play the game. I think he proved that, at times. I think he proved to have growing pains in a very unique season as we all know 2020 was. And I still believe in him and I know his teammates do.”
After the Fiesta Bowl loss - where Shough went 7-for-9 for 79 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception - he had this to say about what lies ahead for the Chandler, Arizona native:
“My mindset is the same as every offseason,” said Shough following the Fiesta Bowl. “I’ve got to keep getting better. There’s a whole lot to learn from this year. There’s a lot of good stuff that we put on tape but there’s a whole category that we haven’t tapped into. As far as myself, me personally I know what it takes now to get to that next level. I’ve kinda got my feet wet… and this team is hungry for more.
On Sunday, Brown has decided to return to Oregon in 2021. Along with these two returning quarterbacks, don't forget about incoming five-star Ty Thompson and freshman pro-style quarterback Jay Butterfield…
This room is deep to say the least.
The offseason is critical and the competition will resume in spring ball, but the decision will come down to the coaches.
“What do they do though? That’s going to be proven on spring practice field,” said Roth. “That’s gonna be Joe Moorhead and Mario Cristobal’s decision, because the thing they do not lack is talent.”
The question of who will be getting the ball to them is still at large.