Talkin Ducks

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert divulges why he doesn't have social media

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert divulges why he doesn't have social media

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.

Have you ever wondered why Herbert doesn't have any social media? 

A quick search for the Eugene-native on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and you'll find nothing. 
The decision to stay off social media helped drown out the noise for the projected as a top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.  If Herbert wants to talk to his friends, he calls them. 

Check out the video above for more.

Part 1: Herbert was destined to be a Duck.

Part 2: Herbert’s expectations far different than reality

Part 3: Justin Herbert, M.D.

Part 4: Peyton Manning's influence on Herbert’s decision to return

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.

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.

Talkin' with the Ducks pt.2: Coach Cristobal's major impact on Juwan Johnson after his father passed

Talkin' with the Ducks pt.2: Coach Cristobal's major impact on Juwan Johnson after his father passed

Welcome into a new running NBC Sports Northwest feature; Talkin’ with the Ducks. Joining us on the first edition is the largest wide receiver on Oregon’s roster, graduate transfer Juwan Johnson.

Juwan Johnson’s father passed away shortly before he transferred to Oregon and moved across the country. In part two of this feature, we dive into some of his favorite football memories with his father, how he's honoring his legacy and the impact that Coach Cristobal has had during the trying time. 

[WATCH PART 1: Juwan Johnson and Justin Herbert's intensifying connection]

"(Cristobal) definitely made me feel comfortable being here," said Johnson. "He kinda feels like my father... I really take it to heart that he checked in on me literally every day."

How Johnson has handled his father's passing while in Eugene

Cristobal's major impact on Johnson after his father passed