For the second consecutive year, the Oregon Ducks' vaunted offense will be entrusted, at least for the first game, to a graduate transfer from an FCS school.
Dakota Prukop, who played at Montana State last season, topped the quarterbacks on the official Week 1 Oregon depth chart released Friday. The Ducks open the season Sept. 3 against UC Davis.
Prukop replaces Vernon Adams, who spent one season at Oregon last year after transferring from Eastern Washington. Unlike Adams, however, Prukop has had a little more time to adjust to his surroundings. Adams was not academically eligible until August of last year, while Prukop enrolled for spring classes and completed 20 of 29 passes for 190 yards in the UO spring game, a performance that helped establish him as the favorite for the starting role. He beat out Justin Herbert, a freshman, for the starting job.
Prukop (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) was a first-team FCS All-American at Montana State and passed for 46 career touchdowns, rushing for 24 more, in the Big Sky Conference.