Once again, all eyes are on Oregon's quarterback position.
For the second consecutive season, the Ducks have a fall camp competition for the most important single starting position on any football team.
But while many outside the program await with anticipation to see who wins the job between Travis Jonsen and Dakota Prukop, the coaching staff is relying on patience to help them make such an important decision.
"It has to be organic," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. "It has to happen right in front of everybody for everybody's best interest."
Prukop, a senior transfer from Montana State, is the front-runner. Jonsen, a redshirt freshman, is said to be in the hunt. For whatever reason, the coaches insist that freshman Terry Wilson is also in the mix. But it is highly unlikely that a true freshman would help the Ducks improve on last season's 9-4 record.
Oregon quarterbacks coach David Yost said he's looking for the quarterback that displays the "it" factor. The guy who takes charge, runs the show with confidence and, most of all, produces points.
"I've done this for a long time and there's kind of a time when you get to and you're like, 'yep, that guy is the guy,'" Yost said. "It does kind of happen all of the sudden."
The wait for that moment could take longer with Jonsen than with Prukop.
Look, the Ducks didn't sell Prukop on leaving MSU for Oregon by telling him he could end up spending his senior season backing up a redshirt freshman. That doesn't mean UO guaranteed Prukop he would be the starter, but they certainly didn't tell him he didn't have the inside track.
Sources say Prukop has anywhere from a 75 percent to a 90 percent chance to be the starter when the team takes the field for the first time this season on Sept. 3 against UC Davis at Autzen Stadium.
Last year, the coaching staff also played their quarterback choice close to the vest even though sources said it was clear from the first day that Vernon Adams Jr. stepped onto the practice field that he would be the guy over Jeff Lockie. However, Lockie had a leg up on understanding the system, so Adams had to play catch up in that area. Once he did, the "competition" was a wrap.
This year's battle is a bit closer because Jonsen, rated by Rivals.com as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation within the 2015 recruiting class, has far greater potential than Lockie, and Prukop is not the gunslinger and playmaker Adams proved to be on a nightly basis after transferring in from Eastern Washington.
However, the gap in experience between Prukop and Jonsen is simply too great. Prukop produced 70 touchdowns at Montana State. Jonsen has never thrown a pass in a college football game.
Jonsen said during Oregon's media day that Prukop certainly has the edge in the experience department, and it shows. Jonsen added that while his pocket presence has improved, Prukop's is already very good.
Jonsen also pointed to the savvy Prukop routinely demonstrated last spring during two-minute situations, something Jonsen is still learning to handle.
In the end, Prukop's proven guile could provide the tipping point in his favor.
Prukop exited spring as the likely starter, and, according to Yost, did nothing but help himself over the summer by watching plenty of video, picking the brains of Lockie and backup quarterback Taylor Alie for information, and taking charge during summer workouts.
"Dakota has worked his tail off with the offense all summer," Yost said.
For now, Prukop and Jonsen are getting equal reps during practices. Helfrich said that ideally they would name a starter about 10 days before the opening game so the team could start game prep. So, around Aug. 24.
But again, there is no real rush.
"If it happens soon, great," Helfrich said. "If it happens later, that's great, too."