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'It's been a great competition': Sheldon grad Herbert in mid-season QB battle with Prukop

Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (#10) scores a touchdown late in the fourth quarter against the Washington State Cougars. The Cougars beat the Ducks 51-33 at Martin Stadium on Saturday evening. Photo by Katie Pietzold

EUGENE, Ore. - At this time last year, Sheldon High School quarterback Justin Herbert was game planning for the South Eugene Axemen.

A year later, the true freshman is competing with Dakota Prukop for the starting spot for the Ducks.

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The job is up for grabs, despite reports indicating that Herbert is a lock to start this weekend against the No. 5 Washington Huskies.

The Ducks released their depth chart for Huskies on Tuesday with Dakota Prukop still listed as the starter.

"We're in a good situation because we got a good backup quarterback who is pretty darn good," offensive coordinator Matt Lubick said Wednesday. "It's been a great competition. What I've really impressed with as we've been letting them compete is that they've both tried to help out each other which says a lot about Dakota."

"Everywhere across the board there's competition," Coach Mark Helfrich said. "That position gets a lot of blame and a lot of credit when neither is warranted, and we're making adjustments everywhere."

So who is the starting quarterback going to be?

"We're still competing," Helfrich said. "We're still competing."

In mop up duty against Washington State, Herbert led an 8-play, 85-yard touchdown drive capped by his own rushing touchdown.

"I've really just tried to focus and prepare like as if I'm going to go in the game," Herbert said October 1 after leading a scoring drive in Oregon's loss to Washington State. "If my number is ever called, I'll be ready for it."

Oregon quarterback coach David Yost noted the Cougars were running a prevent defense and not putting as much pressure on Herbert.

Prukop has now failed to throw a touchdown pass in two of Oregon's last three games.

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