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Oregon Ducks Name Dakota Prukop Starting QB

For the second time in two years, a Big Sky conference transfer will start the season for the Ducks.

The Oregon Ducks named Montana State senior transfer Dakota Prukop their starting quarterback on Friday, eight days prior to their season opener. Prukop edged out surprising freshman Justin Herbert. 

Prukop is the only QB on the Ducks' roster with game experience, playing the past two years in Bozeman where he had major success. Prukop accounted for 39 total touchdowns last season, legitimizing himself as a solid duel-threat QB. The Austin, Texas native totaled 7,300 air and ground yards during his two years with the Bobcats.

It shouldn't take too long for Prukop to get acclimated with the new environment. The Ducks' come into the 2016-17 campaign with exceptional talent and depth in the skill positions on the offensive side of the ball. At the wide receiver position, Oregon returns the likes of speedster Charles Nelson, play-maker Dwayne Stanford, sure-handed Darren Carrington, and Devon Allen, who is coming off a 5th place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Oregon also welcomes back tight end Pharaoh Brown, after being sidelined last year due to a gruesome leg injury.

Prukop will have the luxury of handing the ball off to Heisman candidate, Royce Freeman, who ran for over 1,800 yards last season.

The Oregon Ducks open the season against UC Davis, an opponent that Prukop roasted while playing for Montana State. In 2014, Prukop threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 148 yards and a couple of scores against the Mustangs.

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