Nov 10, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

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Herbert Announces He Will Return To Oregon For Senior Year

December 26, 2018 - 2:09 pm
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NEW YORK (WFAN) -- The Giants' search for a long-term successor to Eli Manning was trimmed by one candidate on Wednesday. Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert has announced that he will return to school for his senior season.

"The University of Oregon has been a special place to me for as long as I can remember," Herbert said in a statement on the school's official Twitter account. "Words will never be able to express my feelings of gratitude toward the people that have built and maintain our program. What I have come to realize, though, is that nothing could pull me away from the opportunities that we have in front of us. As we prepare for our bowl game, I would like to ensure that there are no distractions outside of this game. My commitment to my teammates, our coaches, Duck fans, and the University of Oregon has never been stronger. I'll be returning to the University of Oregon for my senior year. Go Ducks!"

Hebert completed 59.6 percent of his passes this season, totaling 2,985 yards with 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The 8-4 Ducks will face Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl on Monday at 9 p.m.

Ohio State sophomore Dwayne Haskins and Missouri senior Drew Lock have been projected as the highest ranked quarterbacks ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Eli Manning Not Sure If He Will Be Giants Starting QB Next Season

Manning was asked by the media Wednesday if he will be the Giants' starter next season, Manning replied: "I don't know." 

"Have not got into that or thought much about that, and so just worried about doing my job and finishing this season," Manning told reporters. "Whenever you get to year 15, these things come up."

Manning is under contract through next season, when he will earn a $11 million base salary that comes with a $23.2 million cap hit.