Coach suggests Oregon's Herbert, Prukop competing for start

  • Coach suggests Oregon's Herbert, Prukop competing for start

Coach suggests Oregon's Herbert, Prukop competing for start

No. 5 Washington (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) at No. 24 OR (2-3, 0-2), 7:30 p.m. (FOX).

And, now, this: On Tuesday, multiple outlets in OR reported that the Ducks will turn to true freshman Justin Herbert as their starting quarterback against the Huskies, replacing senior transfer Dakota Prukop. But as we all know, college football never goes precisely according to plan.

Yost, Oregon's first-year quarterbacks coach, said this was the first time in a 23-year coaching career he could recall considering making a change at quarterback in the middle of the season. "The one thing that Troy has done is he has shown up every day to go to work". "This is a little different".

One of these outcomes is marginally better than the other.

OR has struggled mightily this season as they have now dropped three straight games with their most recent loss coming at Washington State. OR coaches decided Sunday to open up the competition between the two this week.

Helfrich is walking a tightrope between focusing on correcting his team's issues in practice and using the rivalry as a battle cry to turn the season around. Herbert has played one fourth-quarter series against UC Davis and WSU.

"They're a lot bigger than us", Stone said.

Without the chance to make their dreams come true this season, the Ducks will instead do their damnedest to achieve the next-best-thing: spoiling someone else's. "With that, they are pretty good at blocking, so it's going to be a challenge for us to try to get through their block".

"It is on", Washington defensive end Joe Mathis said of facing Oregon. Their top five blockers all have more blocks than any OR player, with the exception of Stone, who leads the team with 50 blocks.

"I have so many family and friends that are OR fans, and a lot of guys I work with are OR fans, and there's so much banter going back and forth".

On Saturday, the Ducks will be backed into a corner, fighting for the win they want more than any other, and desperate to avoid becoming known as The Team That Let The Streak End. "Naturally that position (quarterback) gets a lot of blame and a lot of credit", Helfrich said.

"I think everybody always over-inflates everything, on both ways".

"You look them in the eye to make sure we still have their hearts and minds, which we do and we will", said OR coach Mark Helfrich.

"In these situations, everyone's energy is going to be up", Moore said. We had a meeting last night and nothing about it was discussed.

The Ducks surprised many fans when they announced that Herbert beat out sophomore Travis Jonsen and freshman Terry Wilson for the back-up spot after fall camp.

All that leads us to one fundamental question: Will Saturday's game mark the end of The Streak, or will or find a way to further infuriate Huskies for another 12 turns of the moon?

"It was a wake-up call", Ronika Stone, who was just named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, said. "We are very confident in him". I knew when he left Boise it would be for a place where he knew he had a chance to do equally as well (as he did) at Boise, and in time this Washington program - and it may even be now - will get back to what it was in the early '90s when it won the national championship under Don James.