Ducks prepare for USC

One of Dave Yost's prized students is freshman quarterback Justin Herbert and on Monday Herbert was name Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against ASU last Saturday. After practice on Monday, Yost was asked about Herbert and young quarterback's progress.

Yost thought that Herbert made a lot of "pre-snap decisions" that ensured successful decison by throwing to the right receiver and coming up with positive gains.

The QB coach also felt that another aspect of Herbert's performance that proved effective was his ability to pull the ball in and run for yardage. Those runs changed the down scenario from being in possible second-and-nine for a first down to second-and-four which not only improves the field position but also builds confidence in the offense to continue the drives.

Herbert and his teammates will have a tough test on Saturday when they travel to Los Angeles to take on the Trojans of USC in a 4 p.m. game set to be broadcast on ESPN.

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