The Oregon Ducks fell to the Utah Utes,62-20, in a lackluster outing. Transfer quarterback Vernon Adams was pulled from the game after a terrible start and was recently put on blast by an assistant coach familiar with the Ducks.
Whether he is going to remain the team’s starter is a question that will be interesting to find out.
“Vernon Adams is just a guy,” says an assistant familiar with Oregon. “He put up numbers, but Eastern Washington is still putting up numbers without him. He wouldn’t play at Ohio State or USC. Would he play at another great school? Probably not. He took a huge jump up.”
Those are some very pointed comments that are saying that Adams isn’t good enough to play at Oregon.
While the struggles were obvious, there is no reason to say that he isn’t good enough. He has made some very big plays throughout the first four weeks of the season and one bad game cannot be overreacted to.
Adams has completed 60.6 of his passing attempts for 581 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions on the year.
Quite a few media analysts have compared his game to that of Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson. Obviously there is a chance that he will never live up to those comparisons, but there is always a chance that he could surprise people and get back into the starting job for the remainder of the season.
Jeff Lockie is a very talented quarterback as well, but he doesn’t offer the same type of playmaking ability that Adams does. Adams has the ability to extend plays with his legs and can also pick up chunks of yardage on the ground if defenses leave a lane open for him.
All of that being said, it will be interesting to see what ends up happening moving forward with the Oregon quarterback situation. Adams and Lockie will battle each other for the job all week, but the Ducks should stick with Adams and give him another chance to prove himself.
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