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Oregon redshirt junior QB Jeff Lockie addressed reporters for the first time about losing the team's quarterback competition.

"Everyone wants to be the guy," Lockie said. "I think we all know in life some things don't go your way, and I think the only response is have your head up and keep going because I think there's a lot of bigger things going on here than myself." The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, of course, lost out to Eastern Washington transfer product Vernon Adams. "Jeff's done an unbelievable job and I think he's more than capable of leading our football team to wherever we want to go," Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost said. Lockie, Marcus Mariota's backup, returns to a familiar role. "You kind of switch gears," Lockie said. "You switch your mentality and you're back to preparing for Saturday and making sure we're the most prepared we can. If that means helping Vernon out with the game plan, if that means helping the receivers out, whatever it means, it's just the next step forward. You kind of switch your mindset and keep going."
Sep 2 - 10:10 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Oregon graduate QB Vernon Adams could carve out an NFL career similar to Seneca Wallace.

"Though small for the position ... [Adams] makes throws at every level, keeps his eyes downfield when pressured and eats up yards with his feet -- but only when necessary," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot, 190-pound Adams (previously listed at 5-foot-11, it bears mentioning) was a Walter Payton Award finalist twice at Eastern Washington. He beat out Jeff Lockie for the right to replace Marcus Mariota. "Seneca Wallace was of similar stature coming out of college and he enjoyed a long NFL career," Reuter wrote. "Someone could give Adams that same shot."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 2 - 7:53 PM

Oregon graduate QB Vernon Adams' "skill set fits wonderfully into what Oregon demands from the position," USA TODAY Sports' Paul Myerberg observes.

"There will be some learning moments in September and October, but his numbers will eventually be worthy of all-conference consideration," Myerberg writes. In three seasons with Eastern Washington, the 6-foot, 190-pound graduate transfer threw for 10,438 total yards and 110 touchdowns. In his short time with Oregon, he's already impressed, and has been handed the keys to the Ducks' high powered offense.
Sep 2 - 3:07 PM

Oregon HC Mark Helfrich indicated that he had no plans to utilize graduate QB Vernon Adams' knowledge of Eastern Washington, saying that "we're going to focus on us."

Sorry coach, we're going to call your bluff here. Given that Eastern Washington is Oregon's first opponent and Adams threw for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns over the course of three seasons with EWU, there's no logical reason not to at least see if there's anything that could be gleaned from asking your newly-minted starter about their schemes. Perhaps this was just a polite way of saying "We're going to score 60 points and they are not, so, next question."
Aug 29 - 3:57 PM

Oregon graduate QB Vernon Adams has been named the team's starting quarterback for the 2015 season.

Adams was battling with Jeff Lockie to start for the Ducks in the team's first post-Marcus Mariota season. That he won the job is all the more impressive for the fact that he just started practicing two weeks ago. He had to resolve an academic issue prior to joining the team. The 6-foot, 190-pound graduate transfer threw for 10,438 total yards and 110 touchdowns over three seasons with Eastern Washington. Speaking of Eastern Washington, they're Oregon's opening opponent.
Aug 28 - 6:51 PM

Oregon OC Scott Frost said that graduate QB Vernon Adams has been progressing "every day since [his first practice]."

Frost spoke to the inevitable bumps in the road that have come with learning a new system. Said the offensive coordinator, "[After that first practice] it slowed down for him a little bit because his head was swimming a little." The 6-foot, 190-pound transfer from Eastern Washington has been progressing steadily ever since, working toward "knowing what to do and being a playmaker on top of that." With Eastern Washington, he threw for 10,438 total yards and 110 touchdowns over the course of three seasons. He and Jeff Lockie are currently competing to start for the Ducks.
Aug 27 - 9:03 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Jeff Lockie does not seem worried about the team's quarterback competition, saying that the decision is "kind of out of my hands at this point and whatever it is, we're just going to move forward."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound redshirt junior is competing with Eastern Washington transfer product Vernon Adams for the right to have a giant spotlight cast his way in the wake of Marcus Mariota's departure. While Lockie lacks Adams' eye-popping athleticism, he has the benefit of knowing the team's playbook more fully. Both players continue to see time with the first-team offense, but regardless of the ultimate decision, Lockie stressed that he believes the team's goal "is a lot bigger than who's at quarterback."
Aug 27 - 7:17 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Jeff Lockie said that true freshman RB Taj Griffin "is faster than anyone you've really seen before."

"[Griffin]'s super, freaky talented," said Lockie, who added that "you can see him start to figure out some concepts, it's kind of scary." Rivals.com ranked the 5-foot-10, 175-pound freshman as the No. 1 all-purpose running back recruit out of high school. He offers off-the-charts measurables and has been clocked at 4.31 seconds in the 40, with a 45-inch vertical jump. The five-star baby Duck is also brother to teammate Ty Griffin, a former quarterback who transitioned over to corner several weeks ago.
Aug 27 - 7:04 PM

When healthy, Oregon redshirt senior Tyler Johnstone has "shown the nimble feet and length teams are looking for at left tackle," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

The 6-foot-6, 283-pound Johnstone suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the Alamo Bowl in 2013, but reinjured the same knee during last seasons fall camp. The Oregon prospect is looking to bounce back this season, after coming off 20 months of rehabilitation. Rang believes Johnstone "is an even more polished pass blocker than former teammate Jake Fisher, who took over at left tackle for the Ducks when Johnstone was injured." Rang labels Johnstone the No. 5 draft prospect in the Pac-12.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 26 - 3:36 PM

Oregon redshirt sophomore WR Devon Allen is on track to return in 2015.

Allen tore his ACL in the Rose Bowl and had surgery on January 16 to fix that ligament and clean up his meniscus and MCL. Allen has not participated in contact drills, but his progress has been "impressive," according to beat writer Chantel Jennings. By season's end, Allen was considered one of Oregon's top receivers.
Source: ESPN
Aug 26 - 9:34 AM

Oregon true freshman WR Alex Ofodile is "a big receiver [who] has great ball skills and [is] a good route-runner," according to wide receiver coach Matt Lubick.

Ofodile was rated as the No. 5 wide receiver in the country out of high school. Lubick was impressed with everything he saw on film of the new baby Duck, saying that he stood out for his hard play and physicality. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder admits that he felt timid when he first arrived to the team, before adding, "I think I've done a solid job [this August]. My biggest thing is I've made every single practice. There's been a lot of guys that have had injuries and thankfully I've been very durable." ESPN's Tom Luginbill has said that Ofodile reminds him of former Alabama star Amari Cooper.
Aug 25 - 5:52 PM

Oregon sophomore RB Royce Freeman "doesn't give much ground to any other [running back]" in the eyes of NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"This compact back ran tough and broke off some big plays in his first year with the Ducks," wrote Reuter. Freeman was the first Oregon back to rush for over 1,000 yards as a freshman and enters the season as a dark horse Heisman candidate. Oregon (for all its offensive firepower) does not have a consistent record of turning out NFL players on offense, but the 6-foot, 222-pound sophomore's physical style of play seems fit for the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 25 - 4:20 PM

Regardless of position, Oregon senior DE DeForest Buckner is CBS Sports' Rob Rang's "personal top-rated senior prospect."

"He's never going to lead the league in sacks but has the size, strength and length to play all over the defensive line, perhaps projecting best as a 3-4 defensive end," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Buckner was a second-team Pac-12 all-conference selection in 2014, recording 81 tackles, while leading the the Ducks in tackles for loss (13). Rang currently ranks Buckner as his No. 2 draft prospect in the Pac-12.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 3:08 PM

The Oregonian's Andrew Grief notes that a two-QB system could be an option for the Oregon Ducks in 2015.

"Since he was first asked about the two-QB system at Pac-12 media days in July, Helfrich has maintained that a rotation is viable when quarterbacks present sufficiently different "looks" for defenses, and he believes it to be the case with Adams, who is considered to have the stronger arm for downfield throws, and Lockie, who among other qualities is a more elusive runner than many believe, teammates contend," Greif wrote. Moving forward, if neither Jeff Lockie or Vernon Adams Jr. takes a hold of the starting job, Helfrich could choose to ride the hot hand once the season starts.
Aug 24 - 2:51 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline compares Oregon redshirt junior TE Evan Baylis to Crockett Gilmore.

"When I watched Evan Baylis on film I kept thinking Crockett Gilmore; a well rounded tight end that’s solid as a pass catcher and dominates blocking," Pauline wrote. Pauline graded Baylis as a fourth-rounder. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound caught 15 passes for 143 yards last year.
Aug 22 - 10:23 PM


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