Oregon loses another to the transfer portal as reserve quarterback announces plans to transfer
It’s decision time for several on the Oregon roster as the Ducks close the book on their first regular season under Dan Lanning. For the third consecutive day, a young Duck offensive player has announced their intention to enter the transfer portal.
Jay Butterfield, a third-year quarterback and former top-150 recruit, announced on Wednesday he’ll enter the portal when the window opens on Dec. 5.
“Thank you Oregon football for the many amazing experiences over the past three years,” he wrote in a message shared to social media. “I will be forever grateful for in time here in Eugene. I want to thank all of my coaches, academic advisors, fans, and most importantly, my teammates. You have all helped me grow tremendously as a player and a person. The bonds I have made here are truly one of a kind and will never be forgotten. I also want to thank my family and my friends for all of your support. You all mean the world to me. With a college degree and three years of eligibility left. I have decided to enter my name in the transfer portal. I am excited to get back to work and continue to follow my dreams. Much love Duck Nation!”
— Jay Butterfield (@jay_butterfield) November 30, 2022
Butterfield played in just two games during his three seasons in Eugene, throwing four total passes. His only action this season came against Eastern Washington in Week 2.
His departure will leave Oregon in a curious spot at quarterback. This year’s season-long starter has a decision to make; Bo Nix could try and jump to the NFL or return for a fifth year of college ball. If he elects to move on, the Ducks will have one scholarship quarterback left — second-year man Ty Thompson.
The Ducks currently have a 2023 commitment from 5-star quarterback Dante Moore, one of the top prospects in the country this cycle and a player Oregon is desperate to hold onto ahead of the Early Signing Period. Michigan State is making a major push to flip Moore and there’s a ton of noise on that front. It remains to be seen what role losing offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham to ASU will play in that recruitment.
Oregon could ultimately be completely fine at quarterback, but things can get chaotic quickly.
Butterfield joins running back Byron Cardwell, and wideouts Dont’e Thornton and Seven McGee as Ducks headed for the portal.