Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Oregon QB Tyler Shough gets baptized, excited for what God has planned

Tyler Shough watched from the sidelines last season as Justin Herbert quarterbacked the Oregon Ducks football team to a 9-4 record and a victory over Michigan State in the RedBox Bowl. Shough was a redshirt freshman on that team, impressing teammates and coaches while learning all that it takes to compete at the highest level of college football.

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This summer, in the midst of offseason workouts, Shough was recently baptized with teammate Mycah Pittman. Shough posted a video of his baptism on Twitter:

In the caption he wrote, “So thankful and excited for what He has planned.”

On the football field, Shough continues to put his abilities on display.

Herbert will be a senior this fall, and he’s coming off a season in which he threw for 29 touchdowns and 3,151 yards. Shough is among a handful of quarterbacks behind Herbert on the depth chart, although Shough seems poised to push them all for playing time.

During the Ducks’ spring game in April, Shough led the second-team offense with 178 yards on 18-of-31 passing. He also ran the ball three times for 24 yards.

“I just feel really comfortable out there, just trying to have fun,” Shough said after the game. “At this point it’s just executing the game plan, executing the plays and just having fun out there.”

Shough was a consensus four-star quarterback prospect and the top player in Arizona coming out of Hamilton High School in Chandler. He passed for 3,071 yards with 30 touchdowns and five interceptions as a senior.

Yet, whether his football abilities land Shough the starting quarterback gig at Oregon or not, his baptism this summer is a declaration that he will seek to put himself second in his relationship to Jesus Christ.

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