Justin Herbert

Justin Patrick Herbert (born March 10, 1998) is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Oregon Ducks, where he won the 2019 PAC-12 Championship and was named MVP of the 2020 Rose Bowl. He was selected by the Chargers sixth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Justin Herbert
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Herbert with Oregon in 2018
No. 10 – Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1998-03-10) March 10, 1998 (age 23)
Eugene, Oregon
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Sheldon (Eugene)
College:Oregon
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
NFL records
  • Most passing TDs by a rookie quarterback: 31
  • Most total TDs by a rookie quarterback: 36
  • Most 300 yard games by a rookie quarterback: 8
  • Most completions by a rookie quarterback: 396
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
TDINT:31–10
Passing yards:4,336
Completion percentage:66.6
Passer rating:98.3
Rushing yards:234
Rushing touchdowns:5
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Herbert became the Chargers' starting quarterback in the second game of his rookie year after Tyrod Taylor suffered a puncture lung in pre-game. He remained the starter for the rest of the season and set several rookie statistical records, including the most touchdown passes and the most 300-yard games, and was named the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in the process.

Early life and high school careerEdit

Herbert was born in Eugene, Oregon on March 10, 1998 and attended Sheldon High School, where he played football, basketball, and baseball.[2] He suffered a broken leg in the third game of his junior season, complicating his recruitment process. As a senior, he passed for 3,130 yards and 37 touchdowns, and rushed for 543 yards and 10 touchdowns. [3] He was named 1st Team All-State[4] and the Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year,[5] yet initially received no scholarship offers from major college programs. Northern Arizona, Portland State, and Montana State extended offers before Nevada and Oregon followed up with his only FBS offers.[6] Herbert committed to Oregon in October 2015.[7]

College careerEdit

 
Herbert (right) in a game against Arizona State, 2019

2016 seasonEdit

Entering his true freshman season listed as QB2 on the depth chart,[8] Herbert became the first true freshman at Oregon to start at Quarterback since Chris Miller in 1983 when the Ducks took on arch-rival Washington on October 8, 2016.[9] Despite setting or equaling Oregon's single-game records for total offensive yards (512), passing yards (489), and touchdown passes (6),[10] the Ducks finished with their worst season in 25 years, going 4–8 and failing to make a bowl game for the first time in over a decade.[11]

Herbert became the starting quarterback after the fifth game of the season and showcased his talents throwing for 1,936 yards including 19 touchdowns with just four interceptions in eight starts and led a come-from-behind upset at #11 Utah with four touchdowns in the final 15:27 of the game to overcome a 14–3 deficit. On the final drive, he completed 6-of-9 passes for 63 yards with a 17-yard game-winning TD pass with two seconds left.[12]

2017 seasonEdit

The Ducks entered the 2017 season with a new head coach Willie Taggart after Oregon fired Mark Helfrich following the 2016 season.[13] Leading the Ducks to a 4–1 start, Herbert's transition from the Chip Kelly/Mark Helfrich era “Blur Offense” to Taggart's “Gulf Coast Offense” was successful before he fractured his collarbone against Cal on September 30, 2017.[14]

Without Herbert in the lineup, the Ducks dropped four of their next five games, and the offense went from averaging 49.2 points per game to just 15.0 points per game.[15] Herbert returned to help the Ducks win their last two regular season games to become bowl eligible.[16] The Ducks were selected to play Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl but their performance fell flat and the Ducks lost 38–28 after head coach Willie Taggart left the team to become the head coach at Florida State a week before their bowl game.[17][18]

In eight starts, Herbert had a 6–2 record and threw for 1,983 yards on 139-of-206 passing attempts (67.5%), including 15 touchdowns against only five interceptions. He also rushed the ball 44 times for 183 yards and five touchdowns.[19] Herbert was named first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American with a 4.08 grade-point average in biology.[20]

2018 seasonEdit

Herbert entered his third collegiate season as an early Heisman Trophy candidate despite being coached by a third different head coach as well as navigating his third different offensive scheme with new head coach Mario Cristobal transitioning from the spread offense to the pistol offense.[21][22] Herbert led the Ducks to a 9–4 record and a victory in the Redbox Bowl. He finished the year with 3,151 passing yards, 29 passing touchdowns, and two rushing touchdowns. His 31 total touchdowns were good for second in the Pac-12 Conference behind Washington State's Gardner Minshew.[23] He was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first-team.[24]

2019 seasonEdit

Despite projecting as a high draft pick,[25] Herbert announced that he would return to Oregon for his senior season.[26] He led the Ducks to a 12-2 record, including a win in the Rose Bowl where he ran for three touchdowns and was named Offensive MVP.[27] In addition to his on-field success, Herbert was named the 30th recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy, also referred to as the "Academic Heisman".[28]

StatisticsEdit

General Passing Rushing
Year Record Comp Att Pct YDS Avg TD Int Rate QBR Att Yds Avg TD
2016 2−6 162 255 63.5 1,936 7.6 19 4 148.8 73.9 58 161 2.8 2
2017 6−2 139 206 67.5 1,983 9.6 15 5 167.5 80.1 44 183 4.2 5
2018 9−4 240 404 59.4 3,151 7.8 29 8 144.7 72.2 71 166 2.3 2
2019 12−2 286 428 66.8 3,471 8.1 32 5 158.7 74.1 58 50 0.9 4
Career[19] 29−14 813 1,273 63.9 10,541 8.2 95 22 153.7 75.0 231 560 2.4 13

Awards and honorsEdit

2016Edit

  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Pac-12 Coaches) – October 31, 2016 [29]
  • Manning Award Quarterback of the Week – November 3, 2016 [30]
  • Len Casanova Award (Oregon Team Award – Best First Year Player) [31]

2017Edit

  • Pac-12 Academic All-Conference 1st Team [32]
  • Academic All American 1st Team [20]
  • Offensive Team MVP (Oregon Team Award) [33]

2018Edit

  • Google Cloud Academic All America 1st Team Member of the Year [34]
  • Pac-12 All-Academic 1st team[24]
  • Skeie's Award (Oregon Team Award – Most Valuable Player) [35]

2019Edit

2020Edit

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 6 14 in
(1.99 m)
236 lb
(107 kg)
32 78 in
(0.84 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.68 s 4.46 s 7.06 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
All values from NFL Combine[40]

Herbert was selected sixth overall by the Los Angeles Chargers in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He was the third quarterback taken, behind Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa.[41] His Los Angeles Chargers jersey was the 12th best selling jersey to start the 2020 NFL season.[42] Herbert was named the backup quarterback behind starter Tyrod Taylor ahead of the 2020 NFL season.

2020 seasonEdit

On September 21, 2020, Herbert made his first NFL start in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs, replacing Taylor, who suffered a chest injury during pre-game warm-ups.[43] He finished with 311 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception, and one rushing touchdown as the Chargers lost 20–23 in overtime.[44] He became only the third player in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and rush for a touchdown in his first career game.[45] During week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Herbert completed 20 passes out of 25 attempts for 290 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception as the Chargers lost 31–38.[46] On October 8, 2020, Herbert was named the starting quarterback for the Chargers over Tyrod Taylor going forward.[47][48]

In Week 5 against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, Herbert threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns during the 30–27 overtime loss.[49] He became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for four touchdown passes on Monday Night Football.[50] Herbert was named Offensive Rookie of the Month after throwing 10 touchdowns to one interception in three starts with 901 passing yards and a 122.2 passer rating.[51] He also became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history with multiple touchdowns in seven consecutive games.[52] Herbert was named the Offensive Rookie of the Month for his performance in November.[53]

On December 27, 2020, Herbert threw his 28th passing touchdown of the season against the Denver Broncos, breaking the NFL record for most passing touchdowns by a rookie (previously held by Baker Mayfield) during the 19–16 win.[54] During the game, he also threw for over 4,000 yards on the season, becoming only the fourth rookie quarterback to achieve the feat (Cam Newton in 2011, Andrew Luck in 2012 and Jameis Winston in 2015). He was named Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.[55]

NFL career statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GP GS Record Comp Att Pct Yards Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2020 LAC 15 15 6–9 396 595 66.6 4,336 7.3 31 10 98.3 55 234 4.3 5 32 218 8 1
Career 15 15 6–9 396 595 66.6 4,336 7.3 31 10 98.3 55 234 4.3 5 32 218 8 1

Personal lifeEdit

Herbert's grandfather, Rich Schwab, played receiver at Oregon in the 1960s.[21] Herbert was a San Diego Chargers fan growing up.[56] He graduated from Oregon with a bachelor's degree in biology. He was awarded the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes excellence in academics, athletics, and leadership.[57] Herbert's younger brother, Patrick, also attends Oregon as a tight end for the Ducks.[58]

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