Oregon QB Justin Herbert Set to Bust Out Against Stanford
The best quarterback in college football finally gets to strut his stuff Saturday night in front of a nationally televised audience. No, the best QB in the country is not Will Grier at West Virginia or Kyler Murray at Oklahoma. The best quarterback in America is an Oregon Duck.
Justin Herbert, all 6’6 and 247 of him, gets a chance to show the country how good he is when No. 20 Oregon hosts No. 7 Stanford this weekend. Herbert’s first three games have been Heisman like, going 47-81, for 840 yards, with 12 touchdowns in just over 6 quarters of work. During that time, the Ducks averaged just over 51 points a game. Things get serious Saturday, though, when the Cardinal come to town.
“I think he is the No. 1 pick in the draft,” said Florida State’s Willie Taggart, who coached at Oregon for one year. “He is an elite player who nobody knows about. He has a major league arm, great touch and feel, and he is a freak of an athlete, much more mobile than people give him credit for.”
How good is Herbert? When he is healthy, Oregon averages 52 points per game. When he was hurt, the same team averaged 15 points per outing.
Scouts from every NFL team will be in attendance Saturday to watch Herbert. Many will be there to see how the junior quarterback handles Stanford’s unrelenting blitz. David Shaw, coach of the Cardinal, takes great pride in running an NFL style defensive package. Scouts will be interested in seeing how Herbert handles both the internal and external pressures of such a big game.
“Don’t expect him to play scared,” added Taggert. “The kid is really good.”
The Stanford game starts a monster four game stretch for Herbert and the Ducks. The only loss any of those four teams have is Washington’s opening day loss to Auburn. If Oregon can find a way to continue to improve, win 3 of 4, there is no question Herbert will be right in the middle of the Heisman Trophy conversation leading into the last third of the year.
Kickoff Saturday is 5 pm PST on ABC.