The Oregon Ducks have struggled without the services of starting QB Justin Herbert. Over the past 2 weeks, the Ducks have only managed 17 total points and have looked completely lost at times on offense.
The Ducks seem to have picked true freshman Braxton Burmeister as their starter for the time being. However, Burmeister has struggled to adapt to the college game. On the season, Burmeister has completed 19 of 36 passes for 172 yards and a TD and has also thrown 4 interceptions. That’s not going to cut it.
The coaching staff is desperately trying to get the young QB up to speed, including apparently not leaving the facility. When asked on Tuesday if there was any way the Ducks can make Burmeister more comfortably, co-offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal said he’s been sleeping at the office to try to find ways to get the Ducks offense going again.
Co-OC Mario Cristobal: "I've maybe been home once in the past 14 days trying to sleep in the office trying to find that stuff." /2
— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) October 17, 2017
Despite his struggles on the field so far, coach Willie Taggart believes Burmeister has done some good things and that his mistakes are correctable.
“Actually I thought (Burmeister) did a good job running the football,” said Taggart, per The Oregonian. “That was the one thing he looked really comfortable doing when he did run the ball for us. He did some good things from that standpoint. It was just that early, some of those mistakes he made with the football, they were all correctable. That’s a good thing. For him it’s the process of each play and where he needs to go with the football and being sure about those things. I think he’ll get better as we go. I think a big reason he’s going to get better is we as coaches are going to help him get better.”
The Ducks have another tough game this week as they travel to the Rose Bowl to take on UCLA (1 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network). However, Burmeister will be going against the No. 127 defense in the country in the Bruins. Could this be the week that the Ducks offense breaks out of its slump?