The Oregon Ducks commenced the 2015 season without Vernon Adams Jr. on the practice field Monday night. In a vote by atombash.com, Adams was named college football’s most intriguing quarterback in 2015. He was set to transfer to the Oregon Ducks upon his graduation from Eastern Washington in June, but that day never happened, and Adams is in peril of not becoming the Ducks’ finest signal caller since Marcus Mariota.
According to SI.com, Adams has one final shot to graduate from Eastern Washington this week. If not, his shot at playing major college football is forever in jeopardy. Originally, Adams was set to come to Eugene after his June graduation in hopes of building chemistry with his talented receiving corps. However, he never fulfilled his graduation requirements. It’s safe to say, Adams was counting his chickens before they hatched in February. On the day that he decided to become a Ducks’ quarterback, it was a foregone conclusion that he would be thrust into the starting lineup. Now, one must wonder if he ever wears an Oregon uniform.
Adams is already in Eugene, taking his final class, so he won’t have to go far if he makes the grade. However, his availability depends on his Thursday June 13, test grade. The test is schedule for 12:30 PST. According to SI.com, Adams will know within minutes if he passed the test. Once that is settled, he’ll hurry over to the facility to join the Ducks at practice. Assuredly, Adams is “studying like crazy” to pass this test.
Either way, coach Mark Helfrich is not interested in discussing any players that aren’t on the field. As of now, Adams isn’t even part of the program. In fact, Adams is not part of any program, and that doesn’t usually happen with a player of his ability. Meanwhile, Jeff Lockie is taking the reigns at Oregon for the time being.
Adams has passed for 10,438 yards, and 110 touchdowns during his three-year run with the Eagles. He also connected on 64 percent of his passes during his time at Eastern Washington. Despite those numbers, Adams is not likely to return if his trip Eugene is cut short. Once his decision to leave the Eagles was made, there seemed to be a falling out with the coaching staff. One reason is probably due to the first opponent on the schedule. Oregon is scheduled to play Eastern Washington to open the season.
For now, Adams is in limbo, but his destination will be known in mere days. Oregon will be into their fourth practice by then. It’s also a day the Ducks may find out who their starting quarterback would be.