How every Oregon Ducks quarterback performed in Week 1 since the 2000 season

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The 2022 college football season is mercifully getting underway, with the Oregon Ducks set to take on the defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday.

While we don’t know for certain, Bo Nix is the presumed starter under center for Dan Lanning’s squad, and he’ll look to do damage against an elite defense that Lanning himself helped construct and develop during his time with the Bulldogs.

The Ducks have rich history of excellent quarterback play, dating all the way back to the Norm Van Brocklin and Dan Fouts days. Recent successes include Joey Harrington, Kellen Clemens, Dennis Dixon, Marcus Mariota, and Justin Herbert – a tremendously talented group that has helped the Ducks achieve great success over the past two decades.

While a quarterback’s first game of the season isn’t always a good barometer for how the year is going to go, especially since first games are often either against elite opponents (like Georgia) or non-FBS opponents (like Southern Utah or New Mexico in years past). Will that give us some indication on how Nix (or Thompson) will perform on Saturday against Georgia?

Below is a look at every starting quarterback in Week 1 of the past 21 seasons, dating back to Harrington’s squad in 2000.

We take a look at the opponent, the result, and how the quarterback performed in game one:

2021 - Anthony Brown

Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Date: 9/4/21

Opponent: Fresno St

Stats: 15-24, 172 yards, one touchdown

Result: 31-24 Ducks

2020 - Tyler Shough

Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Date: 11/7/20

Opponent: Stanford

Stats: 17-26, 227 yards, one touchdown, one interception

Result: 35-14 Ducks

2019 - Justin Herbert

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Date: 8/31/19

Opponent: Auburn

Stats: 28-37, 242 yards, one touchdown

Result: Auburn 27, Oregon 21

2018 - Justin Herbert

(Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Date: 9/1/18

Opponent: Bowling Green

Stats: 10-21, 281 yards, five touchdowns, two interceptions

Results: 58-24 Ducks

2017 - Justin Herbert

(AP Photo/Chris Pietsch, File)

Date: 9/2/17

Opponent: Southern Utah

Stats: 17-21, 281 yards, one touchdown

Results: 77-21 Ducks

2016 - Dakota Prukop

(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Date: 9/3/16

Opponent: UC-Davis

Stats: 21-30, 271 yards, three touchdowns

Results: 53-28 Ducks

2015 - Vernon Adams Jr.

Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Date: 9/5/15

Opponent: Eastern Washington

Stats: 19-25, 246 yards, two touchdowns

Results: 61-42 Ducks

2014 - Marcus Mariota

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Date: 8/30/14

Opponent: South Dakota

Stats: 14-20, 267 yards, three touchdowns

Results: 62-13 Ducks

2013 - Marcus Mariota

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Date: 8/31/13

Opponent: Nicholls State

Stats: 12-21, 234 yards, one touchdown

Results: 66-3 Ducks

2012 - Marcus Mariota

(Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)

Date: 9/1/12

Opponent: Arkansas State

Stats: 18-22, 200 yards, three touchdowns

Results: 57-34 Ducks

2011 - Darron Thomas

Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Date: 9/3/11

Opponent: LSU

Stats: 31-54, 240 yards, one touchdown, one interception

Results: 40-27 LSU

2010 - Darron Thomas

Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Date: 9/4/10

Opponent: New Mexico

Stats: 13-23, 220 yards, two touchdowns, one interception

Results: 72-0 Ducks

2009 - Jeremiah Masoli

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Date: 9/3/09

Opponent: Boise State

Stats: 14-27, 121 yards, one interception

Results: 19-8 Boise State

2008 - Jeremiah Masoli

Mandatory Credit: Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports

Date: 8/30/08

Opponent: Washington

Stats: 9-17, 126 yards, two touchdowns

Results: 44-10 Ducks

2007 - Dennis Dixon

Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Date: 9/1/07

Opponent: Houston

Stats: 9-15, 134 yards, two touchdowns

Results: 48-27 Ducks

2006 - Dennis Dixon

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Date: 9/2/06

Opponent: Stanford

Stats: 21-30, 236 yards, one touchdown

Results: 48-10 Ducks

2005 - Kellen Clemens

(Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

Date: 9/1/05

Opponent: Houston

Stats: 30-47, 348 yards, two touchdowns

Results: 38-24 Ducks

2004 - Kellen Clemens

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Date: 9/11/04

Opponent: Indiana

Stats: 24-44, 317 yards, three touchdowns, three interceptions

Results: 30-24 Indiana

2003 - Kellen Clemens

2003 — Oregon’s Kellen Clemens scrambles out of the reach of OSU’s Dwan Edwards in the 3rd quarter. Clemens accounted for four touchdowns during the game on the way to a 34-20 victory.

Date: 8/30/03

Opponent: Mississippi State

Stats: 14-21, 247 yards, three touchdowns

Results: 42-34 Ducks

2002 - Jason Fife

(Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Date: 8/31/02

Opponent: Mississippi State

Stats: 14-27, 166 yards, three touchdowns

Results: 36-13 Ducks

2001 - Joey Harrington

Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross/ALLSPORT

Date: 9/1/01

Opponent: Wisconsin

Stats: 23-48, 279 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions

Results: 31-28 Ducks

2000 - Joey Harrington

Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Date: 9/2/00

Opponent: Nevada

Stats: 10-22, 151 yards, one interception

Results: 36-7 Ducks

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