Oregon Ducks quarterback Damion Hobbs, a freshman from Cedar Hill High School (Cedar Hill, Texas), enters his first season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Hobbs completed 71 of 105 passes (67.6%) for 997 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, in addition to running for 875 yards (7.9 avg.) and 11 TDs as a junior. As a senior he went to a new level, passing for 2,769 yards and 29 touchdowns and rushing for 808 yards and 12 touchdowns. He received first-team all-district quarterback honors.
Hobbs earned three stars from Scout, Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports. He earned particularly high marks from Rivals who listed him as the No. 23 QB prospect for the 2013 class. And ESPN, surprisingly, listed Hobbs as “pocket-passer,” but praised him for his athleticism. With a 4.60 40-yard dash time, I think it’s safe to call him a mobile quarterback.
He had offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon State, Virginia, Wake Forest and many other Division 1 programs before signing with the Ducks.
Going into the 2013 season, Hobbs will almost certainly redshirt. The Ducks have an immensely talented group of quarterbacks led by Marcus Mariota and closely followed by a pair of freshmen: Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodrigues.
Hobbs enrolled for summer classes and has been learning quickly behind the Ducks’ strong trio. With a few seasons of development, Hobbs will be in line to take over as the next great UO quarterback. However, Hobbs will have to fight off 2014 commit Morgan Mahalak.