Ty Thompson making the most of his time at Manning Passing Academy
Oregon’s promising young quarterback, Ty Thompson, is in Louisiana this weekend at the Manning Passing Academy and showing off just what made him such a coveted recruit and such a tantalizing option in the Ducks’ quarterback competition.
Thompson, the Ducks’ second-year thrower, earned a rave review from On3’s Charles Power after showing out Friday night. Here’s what Power wrote of Thompson, who he listed among the quarterbacks who have stood out:
Ty Thompson is the youngest college counselor at this year’s Manning Passing Academy as the lone second-year quarterback in attendance. You wouldn’t know Thompson is considerably younger than the other quarterbacks when watching him throw. The Arizona native is one of the more physically-impressive attendees, with a big frame at around 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. He showed one of the strongest arms on hand, throwing a rope on the 18-yard comeback and one of the better deep balls along with (Kentucky’s Will) Levis and (Florida’s Anthony) Richardson.
The throw from Thompson that Power referenced:
Oregon QB Ty Thompson with a cool 70 yards on the fly here at the Manning Academy. pic.twitter.com/KIebtvlmWZ
— Chris Hummer (@chris_hummer) June 25, 2022
Thompson appeared in just three games as a freshman last fall, throwing 15 times with a pair of touchdowns and an interception. He served as backup to starter Anthony Brown but Oregon seemed reluctant to throw him to the fire even when there were calls to see what he could do.
A high 4-star in the 247 Composite, Thompson joined the Ducks and became the program’s highest-rated quarterback signee of the 247 era. With Brown exhausting his eligibility, the expectation exiting the 2021 season was that Thompson would compete with Jay Butterfield for the starting job throughout the offseason.
The incoming coaching staff, led by first-year coach Dan Lanning and offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, beefed up the room by signing Auburn transfer and former Dillingham pupil Bo Nix.
Throughout the spring, Oregon mixed its quarterback reps. Nix seemed to be the leader in the clubhouse coming out of spring ball.
In speaking with reporters during the camp this weekend, Thompson addressed that competition with poise and maturity.
“We do have a very competitive QB room with me, Bo, Jay, everybody else that’s coming in, right?” Thompson said, via On3. “So I’m just trying to be my best self every day, improve every day, not worry about what they’re doing. Worry about myself, be the best Ty Thompson I can every day and, hopefully, the coaches make a decision that favors the team.
“Whether that’s me starting Game 1 against Georgia or me holding the water for my boys and cheering them on from the sidelines or whatever I’m doing, I’m just happy to be out there working hard for my boys getting us better.”
Oregon opens its season on Sept. 3 in Atlanta against the Georgia Bulldogs.