Vernon Adams To Join Oregon, Now What?

    Former Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams has passed the infamous math test. Find out if Campus Insiders' managing editor Pete Fiutak thinks the newly minted Duck will win the starting spot and what that means for Oregon's offense.

    August 14, 2015

    Now it’s Game On. It was assumed the Vernon Adams would show up and take over the starting job after transferring from Eastern Washington, but now it’s getting interesting, mainly because the other option – Jeff Lockie – is turning out to look pretty good, too.

    Long before Mark Helfrich, or even Chip Kelly, Oregon was always a quarterback-driven program. And while the winner of the race to replace Marcus Mariota wont have to be another Marcus Mariota, he’ll have to orchestrate the attack with pop and precision. If the quarterback in this system lacks confidence or consistency it’s going to limit the upside potential of the playmaking backs and receivers. And that would be a recipe for an overall slip in the rankings for the Ducks. 

    Adams didn’t make the uncommon transfer from a successful FCS program to stand on the sidelines, but Lockie is in his third year in the system and isn’t about to concede anything to a newcomer. As long as Mariota isn’t used as the measuring stick, Adams and Lockie will be fine, because the finely-tuned system has a way of masking inexperience – just throw it to the open guy – and because the skill players in Eugene are as dynamic as any in the country. It’ll be difficult to fail with the loaded supporting cast to help the cause.


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