The quarterback position has been as dynamic as ever at the University of Oregon the past five years with Marcus Mariota and Vernon Adams behind center. The new man in town in charge of molding the Oregon's quarterbacks of the future, Dave Yost, shed some light on the current state of the latest batch of Ducks quarterbacks after today's practice.
The Ducks' top two quarterbacks going into camp have been, the expected starter in grad transfer Dakota Prukop and redshirt freshman Travis Jonson. Yost explained today what sets the two quarterbacks apart.
"They both can do the run game," Yost said of the quarterback competition. "Dakota is probably a little bit faster, per se... Travis is throwing the ball real well this spring so far and Dakota is getting better and better and more comfortable with the offense but I think they have a lot of similarities."
Yost likes that the two quarterbacks share so many similarities because it allows the Ducks to keep a lot of the similar concepts available in their playbook rather than having to cater to one or the other's specific skill sets.
As far as where both the quarterbacks are in camp Yost said, "Travis is kind of taking each play and making it his because he knows everything about it and he can execute it inside and out, knowing all the protections, knowing how to handle everything, because he has the experience of being in the offense for a whole year... with Dakota it's just get as many reps as you can, gather all the information you can on everything and continue to work."
Coach Yost went on to say that he expects Prukop to have the offense down by the end of two-a-days later this summer after having the extended amount of time to work with the wide receivers and get their chemistry down.
"It's a constant competition," Yost added. "I wouldn't say right now that we have a number one quarterback. they're competing to see who can be the best quarterback for us in that first game next year. Travis has stepped up a lot from where he was last year this time and where he was in two-a-days and that's been real, real positive and encouraging. Dakota you can see where he started to where he's at now has been really a big move, which is what we expected and now we gotta continue that and make sure we don't plateau."