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Return of the Quack: Tyler Shough

Shough the Duck

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 23 Oregon at Arizona State Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Tyler Shough

Quarterback - 6’5, 220 - Chandler, Arizona - rSophomore

Despite going into the 2020 season (God willing) with a small sample size consisting of 144 yards and three touchdowns during his eight games on the field, Tyler Shough has Oregon fans hopeful that the team can build off of their recent success.

Should Shough win the starting job, he’ll have some big shoes to fill; Justin Herbert led the Ducks from the lows of the Helfrich era to a Rose Bowl victory during his four-year career, and now that coach Cristobal has raised the recruiting level the team appears to be gearing up for another PAC-12 title. New offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead has told the media that he plans to utilize the quarterback as a run-threat, so Shough will need to add to his career total of 11 rushing yards if he doesn’t want to lose his lead against mobile quarterbacks Robby Ashford and grad-transfer Anthony Brown.


His performance in the 2019 spring game reassured the fan base despite not throwing a touchdown. Finishing 18-of-31 for 178 yards, Shough had his team in place to tie the game on the final drive but ended the evening with a deep-heave interception on the final play.

Tyler Shough saw the field five times during the 2019 season:

Against Auburn, Shough ended up taking an unplanned snap when Herbert wasn’t able to return to the field after leaving the game due to a hard hit, the result was CJ Verdell being swallowed up by a hungry Tiger D-line on 4th-and-short. Then Shough finally threw his first pass as a Duck in the following week against Nevada, finishing that game 8-of-9 for 92 yards with two touchdowns.

The quarterback then made a couple of cameos during garbage time, first against Montana where he finished 1-of-1 for (-3) yards, and then a month later against Colorado, connecting on one of his passes for a gain of 14 yards and missing his only other pass attempt.

His final appearance of the 2019 season took place during the USC blowout. Shough completed two of his three passes for 41 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown to Mycah Pittman. The backup QB also earned some credit with Duck fans by delivering a spirited block against a USC cornerback in the dying seconds of the game.


Shough utilized a redshirt during his freshman year. The quarterback didn’t attempt a single pass during the 2018 season, though he managed to take a total of eight snaps in three games. After the 2017 season was derailed by an injury to Justin Herbert, Duck fans were pleased to see both Tyler Shough and Braxton Burmeister ride the bench for the majority of Herbert’s junior season, though Shough’s two-touchdown performance in the spring game peaked fans’ interest.


Tyler Shough shocked the Tar Heel faithful by switching his commitment from UNC to Oregon. As a four-star prospect from Chandler, Arizona, Shough was the top recruit from the state, the number ten pro-style quarterback and the 198th ranked prospect at the time, according to the 247 composite. In addition to Oregon and UNC, he received offers from Michigan, Georgia, Alabama, Florida State and others. He was a standout at Hamilton High School which earned him the attention of Duck head coach Willie “the snake” Taggart.