Entering the season, sophomore quarterback Braxton Burmeister was locked in an intense battle with freshman Tyler Shough for Oregon’s backup spot.
Now, the backup job belongs solely to Shough as Burmeister is out for the next few weeks after undergoing a very minor knee procedure this past week.
"Burmeister had a very minor procedure on his knee this week," Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal said postgame. “We felt that it was worth a go because his knee was doing well, it wasn't swelling up, and when it started swelling up we had to do something — he should be back within two weeks."
That means the Ducks will enter Pac-12 play with a freshman quarterback as the backup for the third year in a row. Last year, Burmeister was the backup when starter Justin Herbert went down with an injury. Burmeister led the Ducks to a 1-4 record over the next five games struggling to move the offense along the way.
Prior to that, Herbert was the backup in 2016 to Dakota Prukop before making his debut as a starter against Washington.
After fall camp this year, coaches and players raved about the improvement Burmeister showed in the offseason and that he was more than capable of leading the offense if given another chance.
Burmeister did not play in today’s game against San Jose State, instead being seen on the sideline in street clothes and on crutches. Prior to the injury, he appeared in both games of the season, going 4-for-8 for 27 yards and rushing three times for 17 yards.
Shough will now take over as the backup, earning significant first-team reps in practice should something happen to Herbert again.