2. Ty Thompson is the clear starter in 2022
We saw two quarterbacks other than Anthony Brown take snaps against Stony Brook and while Jay Butterfield only played a little in the fourth quarter and didn’t get a ton of time to prove himself, Ty Thompson looked like a future star.
Thomson completed 6-of-9 passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns and looked calm, cool, and collected in the pocket all night long.
The former top-50 recruit lived up to the hype, came right in and showed off his strong arm and accuracy, and led the Ducks on scoring drive after scoring drive. He didn’t crumble under the spotlight. He took over when the Ducks were only up 17-7 and just extended the lead. Oregon would go on to win 48-7 and a lot had to do with his control of the offense and minimal mistakes.
The freshman quarterback probably didn’t “lock up” the starting job after a Stony Brook performance, but he did make Mario Cristobal feel much better about his backup position now that he got some live game action and excelled in a tight game.
Oregon should feel good about life after Brown because it’s all Thompson.