Vernon Adams is no longer an Eastern Washington Eagle, having announced his intention to transfer to Oregon on Monday. But he’s not an Oregon Duck yet either, not until he arrives in Eugene in June.
That kind of leaves him in no man’s land, since Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin doesn’t want him around the program.
“We’re not rolling out the red carpet around here for a guy that’s playing against us Game One,” Baldwin told ESPN700 in Spokane (via The Oregonian). “He’s going to have to figure out where to work out.”
One one hand: that makes sense. Eastern Washington wants every edge it can possibly get in its attempt to take down the defending Pac-12 champs and national runners-up, no matter how crushing the odds are. Letting the opposing starting quarterback in your huddle usually doesn’t fall under that umbrella.
On the other hand: come on, dude. He already knows the plays, and game-planning doesn’t normally take place until August, anyway. And strange as it sounds, Adams winning the starting job and leading the Ducks to another College Football Playoff appearance probably gives Eastern Washington more exposure than anything the Eagles can garner on their own.
Baldwin, no doubt frustrated his crown jewel turned into the equivalent of a Triple-A call-up, fired some shots at Oregon’s quarterback development.
“Obviously Oregon doesn’t feel like they recruited or developed a guy to the same level we did in Cheney, Washington,” he said. “When you’re Oregon, and over the last three or four years you’re not recruiting a number of guys that can fill in when Marcus leaves, I’m kind of asking the question — I’m flattered, I guess — of what are they doing over there?”
In the meantime, Adams has morphed into your high school-star buddy working himself up try out for the team.
“That’s one of the tough parts,” Adams told The Oregonian. “Definitely going to work out twice a day at our rec center and probably trying to find some guys who used to go here or something for me (to throw to). Trying to keep my arm loose. That’s going to be the toughest part.”
Oregon hosts Eastern Washington on Sept. 5.