True freshman quarterback Justin Herbert is expected to start for the Oregon Ducks when they play the Washington Huskies on Saturday, per 247Sports.
Herbert, out of Sheldon High School, replaced senior Dakota Prukop at Washington State last Saturday. Herbert completed 3-of-5 passes for 70 yards and had one rushing attempt for four yards. The Ducks lost 51-33, falling to 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in Pac-12.
Prukop has eight touchdowns, two interceptions and a 66.2 percent completion percentage. While his stats look good, the slow start to the season has had fans clamoring for Herbert, who is the next man up for the program.
Herbert began the season as the No. 4 quarterback on the roster, but impressed so much in training camp that he rose through the ranks to become Purkop’s backup by the start of the season.
“I’ve really tried to focus and prepare as if I was going into the game,” Herbert said, per The Oregonian. “I’ve tried to stay on top of Dakota. Watch what he’s watching. Do what he’s doing. If my number’s ever called, I’ll be ready for it.”
Herbert will be tested by the Huskies. They’re No. 5 in the nation and tops in the conference in most defensive categories. The Ducks need a win on Saturday to keep their hopes for a bowl game alive as they slip further in the conference.
The Ducks have had a tough time finding a quarterback to replace former Heisman winner Marcus Mariota. The Ducks finished last season 9-4 after finishing the prior seven seasons with 10 or more victories.