Oregon names transfer Vernon Adams starting quarterback
Adams announced his transfer from Eastern Washington—Oregon’s Week 1 opponent on Sept. 5—in February, but he did not graduate in June as expected and was unable to enroll at Oregon until he passed a final math test on Aug. 13.
Adams battled for the starting job with junior Jeff Lockie for the nod to replace Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner and No. 2 pick in April’s NFL draft.
At Eastern Washington, a top FCS program, Adams threw for 10,438 yards, 110 touchdowns and 31 touchdowns over three seasons. He also rushed for 1,232 yards and 11 touchdowns on 297 attempts. That blend of passing touch and mobility has fostered expectations that the 6', 190-pound Adams will excel in the Ducks’ offensive system.
• SCHNELL: Vernon Adams is ready to be Oregon's QB
After backing up Mariota last year, Lockie had impressed in spring practice and completed all nine of his passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns in Oregon’s spring game.
After ending fall camp with a scrimmage on Thursday, Oregon enters the season ranked No. 10 by Sports Illustrated, No. 7 by the AP Top 25 Poll and No. 5 by the Amway Coaches Poll.
- Mike Fiammetta