We are just over two weeks out from the start of Oregon football’s 2021 season and the opening kickoff against Fresno State and the Ducks still don’t have a clear answer for QB1.
Anthony Brown was the presumed starter heading into fall camp, but things may have changed after the first live scrimmage over the weekend.
Brown has Robby Ashford, Ty Thompson, and Jay Butterfield pushing him for the starting job. If the Ducks want experience, they should go with the Boston College transfer who replaced Tyler Shough at the end of the 2020 season but if they want to raise the ceiling and suffer some growing pains along the way, they go with Ashford, Butterfield, or the fan favorite Thompson.
After one scrimmage, it looks like the fan favorite might be in a prime position to push Brown for that starting job.
In fact, Mario Cristobal said he performed the best out of the quarterbacks in the scrimmage which is surprising given the fact that he’s the youngest in the room, but also because it shows that he’s grown a ton since spring ball.
The fact that Cristobal is saying this just leaves that door open for the true freshman to win the starting job this fall.
Ty Thompson raises Oregon football’s ceiling
A lot of fans like Brown because he’s a steady player who doesn’t usually get too high or too low and he has that experience that’s sometimes necessary to make a run at the playoff.
But Thompson could be to Oregon what Trevor Lawrence was to Clemson or Tua Tagovailoa was to Alabama. Simply put, he could be that first or second-year full-time starter who takes the offense to the next level, excels under the spotlight, and leads the Ducks to the big stage.
There’s a reason Thompson was Oregon’s top-ranked quarterback commit of all time and he’s already proving he deserves a look at QB1.
He’s made up serious ground since spring ball and I think he’s only going to get better.