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.