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“I’d hate to say ‘no,’ but we’ve got a lot of confidence in Daniel,” Barlow said. “We know he’s a pinpoint passer. He’s not going to run around and do all the things that Greg does. He’s athletic enough to keep plays alive if he needs to, but as far as throwing the ball and understanding the offense, he has a good grasp of that. And he showed that in the game Saturday.”

By the third quarter, the Prairie View defense had figured out Duhart and the Panthers regained a 21-20 lead, but a pair of special teams miscues allowed the Hornets to score two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a 35-21 victory.

“It’s an extra confidence boost,” Duhart said. “You feel like you can do it, but it is one thing to actually get out there in the action and be able to do it and do it well.”

The offense changes a little bit because of the specific plays that are called, but Barlow said offensive coordinator Fred Kaiss called some rollouts and draw plays for Duhart to take advantage of his running style.

“At times it can (change) because obviously Greg is a great runner,” Duhart said. “He’s more of a dual threat than I am. When we get in the game, we eliminate some of the runs but as far as a big change, I think the offense fits both of us.

“We had some great play-calling, so we knew where their weaknesses were, so it was basically on us, the execution. The plays that got called in, we had good protection, the receivers got open for me, the running backs made some plays and we just put something together and made big plays when we needed them.”

Duhart’s performance earned him Southwestern Athletic Conference newcomer of the week honors, but neither the player nor his coach believe his success created any type of quarterback controversy heading into this week’s game at Southern.

“We’re going to start (Jenkins),” Barlow said. “The main thing is we always want to protect these guys. I’ve spoken with Greg at length about how if we do take him out for something, his demeanor has to be good because we don’t want people thinking we’re taking him out for any other reason other than to protect him. I was proud of him this weekend. Even though he really wanted to play, he stayed focused and helped Duhart out with some thoughts on the game.”

Duhart said his preparation for this week’s game will be the same and he anticipates Jenkins will be able to play against the Jaguars on Saturday.

“He’s still the starter,” he said. “I don’t know how far along he’s come with that shoulder injury but it’s the same as any week. I have to be prepared whether he’s 100 percent or 75 percent. I think we’ll go about it the same way.”

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