EUGENE -- According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, Oregon sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert will return under center for the Ducks Saturday after missing the last five games with a broken collarbone.
Herbert suffered the injury September 30 while diving for the goal line against California. The Ducks were 4-1 with Herbert as their starter, with their only loss coming to Arizona State, 37-35 in the fourth game of the year. In his absence, they have gone 1-4 and have averaged fewer than 100 passing yards a game.
Before his injury, Herbert was one of the most impressive quarterbacks in the Pac 12. He averaged more than 250 passing yards per game and had nine touchdowns against two interceptions.
His return comes at the perfect time as the Ducks need to win one of their remaining two games to become bowl eligible. They play Arizona on Saturday and then face off with struggling rivals, Oregon State, in the Civil War regular season finale.