Oregon is in the midst of their longest losing streak in nearly a decade, and if reports are true, the Ducks will be taking drastic measures to snap that streak when they face No. 5 Washington this weekend in Eugene.
According to a report from 24/7 Sports, the Ducks will turn to Justin Herbert over Dakota Prukop as their starting quarterback against the Huskies. Herbert made his collegiate debut against Washington State last weekend, completing 3-of-5 passes for 70 yards and rushed for one touchdown. 63 out of Herbert’s 70 passing yards were on one completion.
Of course, Oregon won’t hint towards any of their plans, but the signs are pointing towards Herbert getting the start against the Huskies.
According to The Oregonian, head coach Mark Helfrich had this to say on Tuesday afternoon when asked about the quarterback situation:
"Everywhere across the board there's competition. Naturally that position (quarterback) gets a lot of blame and a lot of credit," Helfrich said. "We're making adjustments everywhere."
This year, Prukop has completed 92-of-139 passes for 1,173 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s done a phenomenal job in his first year at the FBS level, but unfortunately, the losing streak looks like it will cost Prukop his job.
Herbert is a local product, graduating from Sheldon High School right here in Eugene last spring. In less than a year, he’ll go from tossing touchdowns on Friday nights to trying to pull off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Oregon/Washington rivalry, based on rankings.