'I'll be returning to the University of Oregon for my senior year. Go Ducks!'

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass while under pressure from Washington State linebacker Jahad Woods (13) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

EUGENE, Ore. – Sheldon High School graduate and University of Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert plans to return to play his senior season for the Ducks next year.

“The University of Oregon has been a special place to me for as long as I can remember," Herbert said in a statement. "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!”

Herbert and the Ducks play Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl on New Year's Eve.

Herbert enters the bowl game having thrown a touchdown pass in 27 consecutive games.

This year, he has thrown 2,985 yards with 28 passing TDs.

Herbert is just 96 yards away from reaching 7,000 career passing yards to go along with 62 career touchdowns.

He ranks third all-time at Oregon in career passing TDs, third in completion percentage (62.7) and sixth in passing yards (6,904).

“We couldn’t be more excited for Justin to return for his senior season," head coach Mario Cristobal said. "He is a special talent on the field, but, more importantly, a special person and leader off the field. Being a native of Oregon, Justin wanted to make sure the announcement was made here in Eugene before we left for the bowl game. As a two-time Academic All-American, he embodies what we want our culture to be and is a great representative of our University and community. We are fortunate to have him in our program.”

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