The junior quarterback was in concussion protocol after last week's loss at Arizona
The Ducks will have Justin Herbert as they try to spoil Chip Kelly’s return to Autzen Stadium.
Oregon’s star quarterback, who went through concussion protocol after taking several hard hits during last week’s 44-15 loss at Arizona, was announced as the starter against UCLA on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
Herbert did not practice on Tuesday but was cleared to return to the field on Wednesday. The 6-foot-6, 237-pound junior needs just 12 yards to become the fastest player in program history to 6,000 career passing yards in terms of starts.
In the 13 games Herbert has started at Autzen, the Ducks have averaged 46.1 points.
During last year’s 31-14 loss to the Bruins at the Rose Bowl, Braxton Burmeister started while Herbert was recovering from a fractured collarbone.
Burmeister and true freshman Tyler Shough split the first-team reps on Tuesday before Herbert jumped back into the fray.
Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell, who was also in concussion protocol after the Arizona game, has been cleared to play and announced as a starter. Herbert's go-to-target entered the weekend leading the Pac-12 with 579 receiving yards.
Two defensive starters who have missed time recently due to injuries, defensive end Austin Faoliu and linebacker Kaulana Apelu, will also be back in the lineup to face Kelly's Bruins.
Complete coverage of the Oregon-UCLA game can be found at DuckSports.com.