Oregon starting QB Tyler Shough announces he will enter transfer portal
Oregon starting quarterback Tyler Shough will not be returning to the Ducks for his junior season.
Shough announced his intentions to transfer on Friday afternoon.
Many blessings and opportunities ahead! Hebrews 11:1 pic.twitter.com/e8MyWCwyn6
— Tyler Shough (@tylershough2) February 12, 2021
“I would like to thank my coaches at Oregon for the opportunity and many lessons learned these past 3 years,” Shough wrote in-part. “Huge thank you to the fans and Eugene community for welcoming me here and making this place special.
“Thank you to my teammates and brothers for making this place a home. I will forever cherish the bonds we have built together. Once a Duck, Always a Duck. I am trusting the Lord, and excited to announce that I will be entering the transfer portal as a grad transfer with 3 more years of eligibility.”
Last season, Shough completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 1,559 yards and 13 touchdowns in seven games.
It’s unusual to see an established starter transfer from a high-level Power 5 school. However, that’s exactly what’s happening in this situation, and it’s unclear where Shough will head next.
Of course, this will have a huge impact on Ohio State’s nonconference matchup with the Ducks later this fall. Ohio State and Oregon are slated to meet in Columbus on Sept. 11.
As it stands today, Anthony Brown will likely be Oregon’s starting quarterback to start next season. Brown is a grad transfer from Boston College who has a career passer efficiency rating of 127.8 on 703 attempts.
Beyond Brown, Oregon also could turn to sophomore Jay Butterfield or freshman Robby Ashford. Both players are former 4-star recruits — Butterfield is a pocket passer while Ashford provides a dual-threat ability. Oregon also signed 4-star Ty Thompson in the 2021 recruiting class, and he’s a top-40 overall player in the country according to 247Sports Composite rankings.