Ducks say Braxton Burmeister is their QB until Justin Herbert returns

Though his freshman experience has been rocky so far, Braxton Burmeister is Oregon’s quarterback until Justin Herbert returns to the field, coach Willie Taggart said Monday at his weekly press conference.

Taggart had previously left the decision up in the air, week to week, but last week tabbed the true freshman to start Oregon’s game vs. UCLA over Taylor Alie.

“He’s about where you’d expect him to be,” Taggart said of Burmeister. ” … He cut back on some of those mistakes in the game. But he’s still making some. We need for him to just try and continue to improve. And more importantly, not turn the football over.”

Taggart added that he’s been impressed by Burmeister’s toughness, given how many hits he’s taken running the ball.

“We got to make sure we keep guys off of him and not let them pile up on him,” Taggart said. “We have to take care of our guy.”

The Ducks have been impressed with Herbert’s recovery so far but the sophomore won’t start this weekend’s game against Utah at Autzen Stadium. Instead, it will be Burmeister’s second career start at home.

“He’s trying every which way he can to try and get back out there,” Taggart said. “If he keeps drinking his milk, I think he can get out there sooner rather than later.”

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