No. 13 Oregon has a crucial game against No. 18 Utah on Saturday, and the Ducks don’t yet know who will start at quarterback Saturday evening.
Speaking to reporters Monday, Ducks offensive coordinator Scott Frost said the finger injury that sidelined Vernon Adams last week can not get any worse than it already is, but that does not mean he’ll automatically be named the starter.
The Eugene Register-Guard, though, reported Monday “the Ducks plan to fly” with Adams.
As for the man himself? “I hope so. My finger is really good,” Adams told reporters after practice, adding he could have played in Oregon’s 61-28 blowout of Georgia State. Jeff Lockie completed 23-of-31 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns in Adams’s place.
Adams connected on 22-of-39 throws for 309 yards with a touchdown (plus one rushing score) and two interceptions in Oregon’s 31-28 loss to Michigan State on Sept. 12.
“I would have loved to see him have his chance on a big stage like that and be 100 percent. He wasn’t,” Frost said of Adams’s performance at Michigan State. “That being said, you’re never going to play a game 100 percent, so that happens across football and it’s no excuse.
“That was kind of his coming-out party for the world watching him, and for him to have the courage and competitiveness to go out there and play knowing he wasn’t at his best says a lot about him.”
Earlier this week, Vernon Adams confirmed that he has been playing with a broken index finger on his right (throwing) hand and that he will be a game-time decision. With game-time an hour or so away, it appears a decision has been made.
247Sports.com was the first to report Saturday that Adams will be sidelined for this afternoon’s non-conference game against Georgia State. Adams originally suffered the injury in the opener against Eastern Washington, then aggravated it in the Week 2 loss to Michigan State.
The fact that UO opens Pac-12 play next weekend against Utah may have played a role in the decision to sit Adams. Additionally, this week’s opponent allows all parties to err on the side of caution as GSU is just 2-24 since moving up to the FBS level in 2013.
With Adams sidelined, Jeff Lockie will make his first career start for the Ducks.
Lockie, a junior, spent the 2014 season as Marcus Mariota‘s primary backup, completing 75 percent of his 28 passes for 207 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. It was his second straight year as Mariota’s primary backup.
UPDATED 1:26 p.m. ET: Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich confirmed that Lockie will indeed get the start at quarterback today for the Ducks. Helfrich added that Adams would be available in an emergency-type situation.
As previously reported, Vernon Adams is indeed playing injured. Whether he continues playing as previously reported remains to be seen.
Wednesday, Oregon’s starting quarterback confirmed that he has a broken index finger on his right (throwing) hand. Adams sustained the injury in the season-opening win over his old team, Eastern Washington, and played through it in the Week 2 road loss to Michigan State.
When it comes to this weekend’s game against Georgia State, the player himself is uncertain if he’ll see the field, even as he sounds optimistic he will.
“I don’t know, we’ll see,” the senior signal-caller said. “It’s a game-time decision. It’s feeling good. I feel like I’m going to play.”
Whether or not the fact that UO opens Pac-12 play against Utah the following weekend will play into any decision made by the player or the team is unknown, although this week’s opponent allows all parties to err on the side of caution as GSU is just 2-24 since moving up to the FBS level in 2013.
If Adams is sidelined, Jeff Lockie would get the call under center. Lockie, a junior, spent the 2014 season as Marcus Mariota‘s primary backup, completing 75 percent of his 28 passes for 207 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
Prior to Adams’ arrival as a graduate transfer, Lockie had widely been expected to take over for Mariota.