This time the players and coaches at Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe aren't dancing around the question. Last week there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding Oklahoma quarterback commit Justice Hansen and whether or not he would play in the season opener.
Hansen suited up but never took a snap in a 3-0 loss to Midwest City (Okla.) High. Hansen said following the game he would definitely be starting for Week 2.
He is. Hansen will make his season debut against Yukon (Okla.) High at 7 p.m. CST on Thursday at the University of Central Oklahoma.
"He's looking really good," Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. "Better than we anticipated. He's ready to go."
Hansen suffered a hamstring injury during the Wolves' first scrimmage and has monitored closely ever since. He could have played last week if he promised not to run. With Hansen, though, you can't make that type of guarantee.
Part of what makes Hansen such a great prospect is his dual-threat capabilities. He could go in with every intention to not run, but once the play happens, instinct takes over.
Without Hansen and 2016 quarterback Keaton Torre, who was out with a knee injury, Edmond Santa Fe was ineffective all night on offense. Running back Michael Farmer couldn't get on track, and the Wolves had no passing game.
Manning said with his top two quarterbacks hurt, they used about 10 percent of their offense last week. That won't be the case Thursday.
"I'm good to go. I'm not missing another game," Hansen said.
Yukon defeated rival Mustang (Okla.) in overtime last week.