Tyler Shough has a new beginning to his college football career. The former Oregon quarterback starts 2021 with Texas Tech as the likely starter for the Red Raiders.

Shough looked the part for the Ducks last season but opted for the transfer portal after the shortened season. Now in a Big 12 offense, his talent might take the next step for Texas Tech.

College football writer Sam Khan Jr. provided the latest on Shough from Texas Tech offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie.

“Texas Tech OC Sonny Cumbie on QB Tyler Shough: I don’t think there’s anyone who’s been in our facility more the last few days than him,” Khan Jr. tweeted. “You have to run him off the practice field.”

Last season, in seven games, Shough finished his final season at Oregon with 1,559 yards, 13 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 63.5% completion percentage.

It was always interesting to see Shough choose Texas Tech over other schools after transferring from Oregon, but he gave a reason why he chose the school

Yeah, it was crazy,” Shough said. “Once I entered my name in the transfer portal there were probably 20-30 schools that contacted me immediately and Texas Tech was one of them. Texas Tech was probably one of the first ones. Coach Wells called me once my name was in it and we had a great conversation. Then ultimately what it came down to was after narrowing down the schools and places I felt like would be the best fit for me and the program it just came down to the opportunity to come in and compete, the relationship with the coaches and obviously the guys on the team and the culture of the team.

“Texas Tech, even from the outside, and obviously talking with some of the guys on the team it sounded like the place to be. They work hard. They want to win. They want to win badly. They’re not just in it to be on the team and have fun. I know a lot of other schools are just kind of just happy to be there, but Texas Tech definitely has a winning culture. I feel like all the coaches and players are in it to win it and they’re going to work their butts off to do that. I wanted to be a part of it, so I just wanted to come in and get out to West Texas and start throwing the ball around, start slinging it around a bit more.”

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As a member of the Class of 2018, Shough was a four-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was the No. 1 prospect in the state of Arizona, the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the class and the No. 140 overall prospect in the class.

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