EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - With a five-game losing streak, Oregon is in danger of missing out on a bowl game for the first time since 2004. Yet the Ducks are looking for positives, and they've found one in the emergence of quarterback Justin Herbert.
The 6-foot-6 freshman has thrown for 507 yards and eight touchdowns in two starts for the Ducks (2-5, 0-4), taking over for graduate transfer Dakota Prukop. A local kid out of Eugene's Sheldon High School, he is the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Oregon since 1983.
In last weekend's 52-49 overtime loss at Cal, Herbert tied the Oregon single-game record for TD passes with six. But the game ended on a disappointing note when he was intercepted by Jordan Kunaszyk on the final play of the game.
Coach Mark Helfrich even found himself addressing comparisons between Herbert and former Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota this week.
Helfrich went on to add that Herbert has earned the respect of his teammates.