Mario Cristobal names Anthony Brown as starting QB

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Mario Cristobal names Anthony Brown as starting QB originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The decision is in and Oregon Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal has named Anthony Brown the starting quarterback. 

Throughout training camp, it seemed like the tide was going towards Brown, and he’s earned his spot.

Just a season ago, Brown appeared in the final two games for the Ducks, going 15-of-23 on passes and two touchdowns.

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“The way he handles and has command of the offense, his presence amongst the players at the line of scrimmage, his ability to improvise — sometimes negotiate throws in tough situations, his ability to run the ball, he’s been really accurate and his explosive play ratio has been really high against a defense that we feel is really good,” Cristobal said. “… Anthony has done a great job. Quite frankly, he’s the starter because he’s done a great job.

Brown spent his first three seasons at Boston College prior to transferring. Now, with a full season ahead of him, he’s going to get the opportunity he’s sought on a major platform.

His play will determine a lot on the offense and he’s more of an unknown to the general public.

“I don’t know if anybody knows what we’re gonna get from him,” said former Ducks QB Joey Harrington on Talkin’ Ducks. “We haven’t seen him play any meaningful time in a year-and-a-half. I think it’s the right decision. I think we will probably end up seeing him as your starting quarterback. 

“I think the team, in a year of uncertainty, needs that type of leadership. He’s been there and done that before. Not in Eugene but he has plenty of college football experience and that’s something guys can lean on in a year-and-a-half where they haven’t had a whole lot of anything.”

Brown enters a situation where the attention will be on Kayvon Thibodeaux defensively and on him offensively. One is a proven commodity on his way to the NFL, while the other is in his last hurrah to make an impression collegiately and professionally.