Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. confirmed that he does indeed have a broken finger and is a “game-time decision” for Saturday’s game against Georgia State. Tyson Alger of The Oregonian reported the development.
“I don’t know, we’ll see,” Adams said. “It’s a game-time decision. It’s feeling good. I feel like I’m going to play.”
A graduate transfer from Eastern Washington, Adams has completed 64.1 percent of his pass attempts for 555 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Though he did throw for 309 yards and a touchdown against a tough Michigan State defense last weekend, his usually pinpoint accuracy was off and he also threw two interceptions in the Ducks’ 31-28 loss.
Granted, Adams knows his body and will want to play if he feels he can, but given how Georgia State are just 2-24 since joining the FBS level in 2013 and how Oregon opens Pac-12 play against Utah next weekend, it’s probably best if he sits this one out. The game is at Autzen Stadium, and the Ducks are currently 45-point favorites.
Thus, it just makes more sense for junior Jeff Lockie to start this game while Adams either sits out entirely or only plays in certain situations and is thus given more time to heal properly while not putting himself at further risk. Lockie was Marcus Mariota’s backup last year and knows coach Mark Helfrich’s system, so it’s not as though the prospect of a win would be thrown completely out the window if he started.
Just the same, Campus Sports will update Adams’ status for the game as kickoff draws closer.
Kickoff is set to happen at 2 p.m. ET on Pac12 Network.
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