Justin Herbert

The Top NFL QB Prospect Will Return to School for Senior Season


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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert says he'll return for his senior season.

Herbert announced his decision Wednesday before the Ducks (8-4) left Eugene for the Redbox Bowl in Santa Clara, California. Oregon plays Michigan State on Monday.

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"The University of Oregon has been a special place to me for as long as I can remember. Words will never be able to express my feelings of gratitude toward the people that have built and maintain our program. What I have come to realize, though, is that nothing could pull me away from the opportunities that we have in front of us. As we prepare for our bowl game, I would like to ensure that there are no distractions outside of this game. My commitment to my teammates, our coaches, Duck fans, and the University of Oregon has never been stronger. I'll be returning to the University of Oregon for my senior year. Go Ducks!" -- Oregon Quarterback Justin Herbert

Herbert has thrown for 2,985 yards this season with 28 touchdowns. He's rushed for 173 yards and two TDs.

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He has thrown at least one touchdown in 27 straight games, the longest current streak in the nation.

For his career at Oregon, Herbert has thrown for 6,904 yards and 62 touchdowns. The Ducks have averaged 39.4 points per game in his 27 career starts.

Next season he will be joined at Oregon by his brother, tight end Patrick Herbert, a four-star recruit from Eugene's Sheldon High.

"We couldn't be more excited for Justin to return for his senior season. He is a special talent on the field, but, more importantly, a special person and leader off the field," coach Mario Cristobal said in a statement. "Being a native of Oregon, Justin wanted to make sure the announcement was made here in Eugene before we left for the bowl game."

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