Vernon Adams Jr. reached an all-time low in his short career with the Oregon Ducks last night when he was benched in the first half in favor of Jeff Lockie, who started in his place last weekend due to injury. Adams was just 2 of 7 for 26 yards and a touchdown as Oregon’s national title hopes died in a 62-20 blowout loss to Utah.
Adams arrived in Eugene as a highly touted graduate transfer from FCS program Eastern Washington, and actually didn’t look bad in his first few games. In game action, he has thrown for 581 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 105 yards and a touchdown. In the Ducks’ Week 2 game against Michigan State, he fractured a finger and missed the following game against Georgia State.
But now it appears that Ducks coach Mark Helfrich has some deciding to do. He can give Adams another shot, or roll with Lockie, who was backup to last year’s Heisman winner Marcus Mariota and knows the system well already without a learning curve.
Needless to say, with Oregon’s best hope now being to make the New Year’s 6, Helfrich is going to have to make a potentially big decision regarding next weekend’s game against Colorado.
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