The Oregon Ducks are hoping that senior transfer quarterback Vernon Adams can help the team move past the loss of last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. Adams is expected to come through with a big year, but he didn’t receive a very favorable NFL comparison.
According to NFL Draft analyst Chad Reuter, Adams is comparable to NFL veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace.
Last season with Eastern Washington, Adams threw for 3,483 yards, 35 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. Those are the type of numbers that Adams will have to put up this season in order to get the Ducks back into contention for the second College Football Playoff.
At 6-foot, 200 pounds, Adams is a very small quarterback that is more than capable of making plays with his legs. He wasn’t as aggressive on the ground last season, but he can take what the defense gives him and pick up extra yardage when needed.
It will be interesting to see what type of numbers Adams puts up throughout the 2015 season.
Adams has a big task ahead of him filling the shoes that Mariota leaves, but he has the confidence and ability to live up to the high expectations and be the leader that Oregon needs. Head coach Mark Helfrich is excited about his new quarterback as well, which says good things moving forward.
Wallace had some success throughout his NFL career, but he didn’t keep that success up for very long. The last time he played in the NFL was with the Green Bay Packers when Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury, and he played very poor football. Adams certainly wants to have a better career than Wallace and is capable of doing much bigger things in his future if he works hard.
Expect to see Adams come through with a big season for the Ducks. He may not be a superstar, but he can become one with a big year in 2015.
Adams may never end up being a starting caliber NFL quarterback, but there is a good chance that he will play a bigger role at the next level than Wallace ever did.
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