After three seasons and over 100 TD passes at Eastern Washington, QB Vernon Adams could be the man to replace a Heisman trophy winner at Oregon.
Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams has transferred to Oregon, where he is expected to immediately compete for the starting job that Heisman winner Marcus Mariota left behind.
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According to ESPN.com, after three years as a starter at FCS Eastern Washington with the Eagles, Adams has decided to transfer to Oregon and play there as a graduate student once he finishes his degree.
In three years at Eastern Washington, Adams threw for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns with 31 interceptions while completing 64.8 percent of his passes. He was a runner-up for the Walter Payton Award, given to the FCS’ best offensive player, the past two seasons and has twice been named the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year.
The Ducks have the privilege of getting a QB transfer who already has experience playing against PAC-12 competition – something very few of the five QBs on their current roster will have at the start of the 2015 season.
In a 59-52 loss at Washington this year, Adams went 31 of 46 passes for 475 yards and seven touchdowns and no INTs. The year before, he led the Eagles to a 49-46 win at Oregon State in which he threw for 411 yards and four touchdowns with 107 yards rushing and two more scores.
Should he win the Oregon Ducks QB competition in the fall, he will have the somewhat unenviable task of trying to replace QB Marcus Mariota, who won the Heisman trophy for the Ducks this past year and led them to a Rose Bowl title and National Championship appearance.