True, graduate student Dakota Prukop is a very good quarterback and has the advantage of being older and having considerable more playing experience than Travis Jonsen, however the youngster Jonsen is ready to give it all and is enjoying the competition.
Jonsen, 6-3, 215 has added weight since the spring and when you sit next to him, it shows.
What is also apparent is the easy smile and calm disposition that is quite rare for a redshirt freshman who has not had a lot of meet the press opportunities. However, he’s a natural at talking to media and likely will be quoted a lot over the rest of fall camp and into the season.
Coming out of Servite High School in Los Angeles, Jonsen (known as Travis Waller then) had all the physical attributes to be rated as a 5-star quarterback, but it was a minor glitch in his mechanics that kept him from being regarded as the top signal caller of his high school class.
That glitch has been fixed and anyone who watched the spring game saw a player that can distribute the ball around the field plus can take off on the run when necessary.
Whether he is named the starter is something that likely won’t be determined until the start of the game week for the first contest of the year against Cal-Davis at Autzen Stadium on Sept. 3, with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m. (Pacific). The game will be carried on the Pac-12 Networks and Jonsen will be ready to go whether he starts or not.