Anthony Brown is taking all the first-team snaps for Oregon football this spring, but that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise seeing as he’s the only quarterback on the roster currently who has taken a snap in the college ranks. He’s the only quarterback left from last year’s roster that actually played in live game action for the Ducks.
Tyler Shough’s transfer opened the door for a serious competition this spring and even if he didn’t leave for Texas Tech, the starting job would be up for grabs.
Brown transferred in from Boston College last offseason and pushed Shough for the starting job but didn’t see the field until the end of the season. He decided to return for one final season and Shough left while a talented incoming freshman in Ty Thompson entered the fold.
The former four-star prospect from Gilbert, Ariz., has already become a fan favorite to win the job because he could be a good 3-4 year starter for the Ducks. Plus, he raises the team’s ceiling.
Thompson was ranked the No. 39 prospect in the 2021 class and was the fourth-best pro-style quarterback, according to the 247Sports composite. He held nearly two dozen offers and was pursued by most of the Pac-12.
Oregon could have a budding star here and he’s not out of the battle for the starting job just yet. Here are the pros and cons of him potentially winning the job.