Back in 2016, Oregon had a four-way battle to see who would start at quarterback.
Transfer Dakota Prukop had the inside track, but he had to hold off redshirt freshman Travis Jonsen and true freshmen Terry Wilson and Justin Herbert.
Every Duck fan knows how the rest of that season played out. Prukop was benched after multiple porous outings and in came Herbert, the hometown hero.
Being just a freshman back then, Herbert’s ascension to the top of the depth chart meant the Ducks would have a quarterback capable of starting for the next few years. That also meant that both Jonsen and Wilson were on the outside looking in and barring injury to Herbert, would only see the field in mop-up duty.
Now two years removed from that quarterback debacle, both Jonsen and Wilson have found new homes.
Wilson attempted to play wide receiver for the Ducks during the 2016 season but knew his heart was set to be a signal-caller and thus left the program for Garden Community College. This year, Wilson transferred to Kentucky — an SEC program— and was just named as starting quarterback for the Wildcats. Kentucky opens the season against Central Michigan.
Jonsen has been named the co-starter at quarterback for Montana State of the Big Sky Conference after transferring from Riverside College. He’ll be competing with Troy Anderson for the outright starting spot. What might give Jonsen the slight edge is his athletic ability to make plays with his legs, something Oregon fans never saw. Montana State kicks off the season against Western Illinois.
While neither player worked out for the Ducks, it’s good to see both of them persevere and find starting gigs elsewhere.