Why the Ducks have a great signal-caller
The Pac-12 is known for high-scoring offenses and standout quarterback play. That’s the case again in 2019, as the conference returns an All-America candidate in Oregon’s Justin Herbert.
In fact, the signal-caller tops Athlon Sports' Pac-12 Quarterback Rankings this season.
Here's why: Winning the offseason doesn’t always translate into on-field success, but not many teams had a better one than Oregon. The Ducks landed the Pac-12’s top recruiting class, and a couple of key veterans – Troy Dye, Herbert and three starters up front – decided to return to Eugene instead of pursing the NFL. After taking over the starting job midway through 2016 and missing time due to injury in ’17, Herbert played in all 13 games for the first time in his career last fall. The Oregon-native posted a prolific junior season, passing for 3,151 yards and 29 touchdowns to eight picks, while adding 166 yards and two scores on the ground. Finding a No. 1 receiver to replace Dillon Mitchell is a priority this offseason, but all signs point to Herbert closing out his career with a huge 2019 season and a run at the Pac-12 title.
How's the rest of the Pac-12 looking? Check out our entire Pac-12 Quarterback Rankings for the season ahead.