Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert
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Herbert during his time at Oregon, 2018
No. 10 – Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1998-03-10) March 10, 1998 (age 22)
Eugene, Oregon
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Sheldon (Eugene)
College:Oregon
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2020
TDINT:9–3
Passing yards:1,195
Completion percentage:68.8
Passer rating:107.1
Rushing yards:55
Rushing touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Justin Patrick Herbert (born March 10, 1998) is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oregon, where he was named MVP of the 2020 Rose Bowl, and was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers sixth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early years

Justin Herbert was born in Eugene, Oregon and graduated from Sheldon High School in Eugene, Oregon; he played football, basketball, and baseball.[1] As a senior, he passed for 3,130 yards and 37 touchdowns with 543 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns [2] and was named 1st Team All-State[3] and the Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year.[3] Herbert grew up 10 minutes from Autzen Stadium and has been a Duck fan since he was a child. His grandfather, Rich Schwab, played receiver at Oregon in the 1960s.[4]

Herbert suffered a broken leg in the third game of his junior season at Eugene's Sheldon High School. His broken leg complicated his recruitment process and initially no major programs offered a scholarship as a result. Northern Arizona, Portland State, and Montana State all extended offers before Nevada and Oregon followed up with his only FBS offers.[5] Herbert committed to his hometown Ducks on October 9, 2015.[6]

College career

Herbert (right) in a game against Arizona State, 2019

Entering his true freshman season listed as QB2 on the depth chart,[7] Herbert became the first true freshman at Oregon to start at Quarterback since Chris Miller in 1983 when the Ducks took on arch-rival Washington on October 8, 2016.[8] Despite setting or equaling Oregon's single-game records for total offensive yards (512), passing yards (489), and touchdown passes (6),[9] the Ducks finished with their worst season in 25 years, going 4–8 and failing to make a bowl game for the first time in over a decade.[10]

Herbert became the starting quarterback after the fifth game of the season and showcased his talents throwing for 1,936 yards including 19 touchdowns with just four interceptions in eight starts and led a come-from-behind upset at #11 Utah with four touchdowns in the final 15:27 of the game to overcome a 14–3 deficit. On the final drive, he completed 6-of-9 passes for 63 yards with a 17-yard game-winning TD pass with two seconds left.[11]

The Ducks entered the 2017 season with a new head coach Willie Taggart after Oregon fired Mark Helfrich following the 2016 season.[12] Leading the Ducks to a 4–1 start, Herbert's transition from the Chip Kelly/Mark Helfrich era “Blur Offense” to Taggart's “Gulf Coast Offense” was successful before he fractured his collarbone against Cal on September 30, 2017.[13]

Without Herbert in the lineup, the Ducks dropped four of their next five games, and the offense went from averaging 49.2 points per game to just 15.0 points per game.[14] Herbert returned to help the Ducks win their last two regular season games to become bowl eligible.[15] The Ducks were selected to play Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl but their performance fell flat and the Ducks lost 38–28 after head coach Willie Taggart left the team to become the head coach at Florida State a week before their bowl game.[16][17]

In eight starts, Herbert had a 6–2 record and threw for 1,983 yards on 139-of-206 passing attempts (67.5%), including 15 touchdowns against only five interceptions. He also rushed the ball 44 times for 183 yards and five touchdowns.[18] Herbert was named first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American with a 4.08 grade-point average in biology.[19]

Herbert entered his third collegiate season as an early Heisman Trophy candidate despite being coached by a third different head coach as well as navigating his third different offensive scheme with new head coach Mario Cristobal transitioning from the spread offense to the pistol offense.[4][20] Herbert led the Ducks to a 9–4 record and a victory in the Redbox Bowl. He finished the year with 3,151 passing yards, 29 passing touchdowns, and two rushing touchdowns. His 31 total touchdowns were good for second in the Pac-12 Conference behind Washington State's Gardner Minshew.[21] He was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first-team.[22]

Herbert announced that he would return to Oregon for his senior season, where led his team to a 12–2 record and a win in the Rose Bowl, in which he won the Offensive MVP award.[23] In addition to his on-field success, Herbert was named the 30th recipient of The William V. Cambell Trophy. For winning this award, which is referred to as the "Academic Heisman," Herbert was honored during the 2020 College Football Playoff National Title Game.[24]

Statistics

Passing Rushing
Season Team W-L COMP ATT PCT YDS YDS/A TD INT RAT QBR ATT YDS YDS/A TD
2016 Oregon 2–6 162 255 63.5 1,936 7.6 19 4 148.8 73.9 58 161 2.8 2
2017 Oregon 6–2 139 206 67.5 1,983 9.6 15 5 167.5 80.1 44 183 4.2 5
2018 Oregon 9–4 240 404 59.4 3,151 7.8 29 8 144.7 72.2 71 166 2.3 2
2019 Oregon 12–2 286 428 66.8 3,471 8.1 32 5 158.7 74.1 58 50 0.9 4
Career Oregon 29–14 813 1,273 63.9 10,541 8.2 95 22 153.7 75.0 231 560 2.4 13

[18]

Awards and honors

2016

  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Pac-12 Coaches) – October 31, 2016 [25]
  • Manning Award Quarterback of the Week – November 3, 2016 [26]
  • Len Casanova Award (Oregon Team Award – Best First Year Player) [27]

2017

  • Pac-12 Academic All-Conference 1st Team [28]
  • Academic All American 1st Team [19]
  • Offensive Team MVP (Oregon Team Award) [29]

2018

  • Google Cloud Academic All America 1st Team Member of the Year [30]
  • Pac-12 All-Academic 1st team[22]
  • Skeie's Award (Oregon Team Award – Most Valuable Player) [31]

2019

2020

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 6 14 in
(1.99 m)
236 lb
(107 kg)
32 78 in
(0.84 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.68 s 4.46 s 7.06 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
All values from NFL Combine[35]

Herbert was selected sixth overall by the Los Angeles Chargers in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He was the third quarterback taken, behind Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa.[36] His Los Angeles Chargers jersey was the 12th best selling jersey to start the 2020 NFL season.[37] Herbert was named the backup quarterback behind starter Tyrod Taylor ahead of the 2020 NFL season. On September 20, 2020, Herbert made his first NFL start in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs, replacing Taylor, who suffered a chest injury during pre-game warm-ups.[38] He finished with 311 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception, and one rushing touchdown as the Chargers lost 20–23 in overtime.[39] He became only the third player in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and rush for a touchdown in his first career game.[40] During Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers, Herbert finished with 330 passing yards, a touchdown, and an interception as the Chargers lost 16–21.[41] During week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Herbert completed 20 passes out of 25 attempts for 290 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception as the Chargers lost 31–38.[42] On October 8, 2020, Herbert was named the starting quarterback for the Chargers over Tyrod Taylor going forward.[43][44] In Week 5 against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, Herbert threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns during the 30–27 overtime loss.[45] He became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for four touchdown passes on Monday Night Football.[46]

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Fum Lost
2020 LAC 4 4 97 141 68.8 1,195 8.5 9 3 107.1 16 55 3.5 1 3 1
Career 4 4 97 141 68.8 1,195 8.5 9 3 107.1 16 55 3.5 1 3 1

Personal life

Herbert graduated from the University of Oregon with a general science degree in biology. He graduated with a 4.01 grade-point average on a 4.3 scale [47] and was awarded the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes excellence in academics, athletics, and leadership.[48] Herbert's younger brother, Patrick, also attends Oregon as a tight end for the Ducks.[49]

References

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