Vernon Adams and the Oregon Ducks came up just short of defeating Connor Cook and the Michigan State Spartans this past week. It was a great game, but the Ducks ended up falling by a final score of 31-28.
According to reports and a recent photo, Adams is playing with a broken index finger on his throwing hand and it affected his grip and ability to throw the football against Michigan State.
Check out the photo of his finger in a splint following the game.
Imagining the pain that Adams is going through trying to play the quarterback position with a broken index finger shows exactly what kind of toughness the senior quarterback has. He is looking to make a point about his toughness and still put up big numbers to have a chance at the NFL level.
Oregon needs Adams to play in order to have any chance of making a run at an appearance in the College Football Playoff.
In two games this season, Adams has thrown for 555 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Against the Spartans, Adams was still able to complete 22-of-39 passing attempts for 309 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
It was obvious at times that Adams was dealing with some sort of issues, as he missed easy throws and the ball slipped multiple times. Now that news has come out about his broken finger, things are beginning to make much more sense.
All of that being said, it will be interesting to see what ends up happening throughout the remainder of the season.
Playing this type of an injury isn’t easy for a quarterback, but it does show what type of a player Adams is. He is tough and he wants to win, and he is willing to go through pain in order to make that happen.
Expect to see him continue being very successful throughout the rest of the season and to be a major playmaker for the Ducks.
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