Oregon 4-Star QB Waller to Enroll Early

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Well, if there’s one thing we can say about the Ducks over the next few years, it’s that there will be a lot of people with a chance to replace Marcus Mariota under center. As it stands now, Jeff Lockie, Taylor Alie and Morgan Mahalak are the QB’s on the roster, but as of yesterday these Ducks just gained a little more competition.

The recruit, Travis Waller, is a dual-threat QB from Anaheim, CA, with freakish speed and a cannon for an arm. He has an unusual release, but he’s been touted for his impressive ball control/handling and for having a mature mental makeup. The 6’3″ Waller is only 194 lbs., but he has the ideal frame for bulking up. If he can fill out his frame, Waller could very well be the next great Oregon QB.

Travis Waller, 11, beats the defenders to the edge for a TD


Travis Waller, 11, beats the defenders to the edge for a TD

He fits perfectly into the Ducks’ scheme and, unlike Mariota, he comes in with an already developed ability to throw accurately. Mariota didn’t nail his accuracy down until this year, but experts believe accuracy might be Waller’s strongest asset.

Waller had already committed to the university back in July, but just yesterday he decided to enroll early, a decision that could dramatically affect who earns starting honors come next fall. Although it’s hard to see Waller coming in and starting immediately, many believe he has that ability.  If he can practice well throughout spring ball, he could be ready to play come the 2015 season.

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Caleb Couturie

Caleb Couturie

Caleb is a sophomore at the University of Oregon intending to double major in Journalism and Sports Management. He is the Managing Editor for FishDuck.com, along with being a lifetime Saints and San Francisco Giants fan, as Caleb fell in love with sports at a young age and developed that love into a passion for sports analysis. He is looking forward to cheering on the Ducks throughout his career at Oregon, and is always willing to talk sports with any fellow fan.

  • James Simpson

    MM wasn’t accurate until this season?
    You are clearly reaching with that claim…statistics say otherwise.
    Nice piece on Waller, though.

    • BigBallzChipper

      Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe he did lead the Pac12 with 68% completion percentage in his red shirt freshman year.

    • caleb

      Let me rephrase: accuracy was always one of his weaker traits (of which there are few). This offseason he worked hard with the receivers and it showed this season.

  • bigballzchipper

    You forgot one Ty Griffin Taj Griffins older brother.

  • WDM Duck

    J.S. is right. MM has been accurate since he won the job freshmen year.

  • FishDuck

    Ha! Caleb, my friend….you have been helped by the “fact-checkers” as we all do sometimes. Great stuff about Waller.