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True freshman Braxton Burmeister starting at quarterback for Oregon versus Washington State

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 12:08 a.m.

In this Sept. 30, 2017, file photo, Oregon backup quarterback Braxton Burmeister (11) looks up at fans in the stands after helping Oregon to a win over California after two quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart left the game with injuries during an NCAA college football game in Eugene, Ore. The Ducks lost starting quarterback Justin Herbert in the first quarter of the 45-24 victory over California to a broken collarbone and will have to rely on backup quarterbacks Burmeister and Taylor Alie in their game against Washington State at home in Eugene Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (Chris Pietsch / Associated Press)

EUGENE – Oregon will start true freshman Braxton Burmeister, not fifth-year senior Taylor Alie, at quarterback tonight against No. 11 Washington State.

Burmeister, the rookie from La Jolla, California, will be making the first start of his career. Oregon lost sophomore starter Justin Herbert with a collarbone injury during last week’s game against Cal. Herbert, who’s started all five of the Ducks’ games this season, is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Alie, who’s been a reserve signal-caller the majority of his career, also left the Cal game with an injury, but was deemed healthy enough to practice this week. Alie was 9-of-13 passing with 41 yards and an interception against the Golden Bears.

Burmeister played in the first game of his UO career last week, attempting and completing just one pass against Cal.