Oregon Football Quarterback Tyler Shough brings experience and is not worried about the shadow of the players before him.
One answer that stuck out, at least for me, was one on comparisons to players of the past. Most recently, Justin Herbert who is now the starter for the Los Angeles Chargers. Tyler Shough has been with Oregon Football long enough to know his chance would come. Despite the coronavirus pandemic and an odd start to Fall Camp, the Ducks Quarterback is finding his way, “You can’t replace a guy like Justin. I’m trying to be Tyler and make my own name and write my own story.”
Entering his third season with the Ducks, he has seen several different offensive styles but has for the most part been part of consistency as far as the coaching staff goes. He has had the same Head Coach in Mario Cristobal and did not have to go through what Justin Hebert saw which seemed to be a different coaching staff nearly every year since his first start under center.
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Tyler Shough said things so far for him have been easy to grasp. He has spent time with the playbook and working with an entirely new offensive line, of which two of his teammates are also his roommates. Shough said it has been a simplified approach so far entering the fall, “there’s a lot of opportunities for completions. There’s not going to be just one guy that is targeted. There are simplified reads, reading the defense a lot better. I have better comfortability with the protection on how the defense works now three years in.”
Chemistry early will be a big key on offense for the Ducks with protection up front for Shough. The Ducks Quarterback does have his feet that he can also use as a weapon, likely more so than Herbert in his time with the Ducks. Offensive Coordinator Joe Moorehead has been known to use his signal-callers feet to make plays. You don’t have to look far in his past playbooks to see it either. Trace McSorley use his legs a lot when Moorehead was Offensive Coordinator at Penn State.
Oregon Football continues to prepare for their season opener on November 7th hosting the Stanford Cardinal. Gametime is yet to be announced.
Quotes obtained during Zoom Interview with Quarterback Tyler Shough