2015 Oregon Ducks: Examining The Quarterback Competition


Vernon Adams, Jeff Lockie, Morgan Mahalak, Ty Griffin, Taylor Alie, Travis Jonsen, and next year, Seth Green, are all names Oregon fans should be familiar with. They’re the signal callers who will steer the Ducks’ offensive machine down the field and into the endzone. 

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Adams is available for one season, Lockie for two, Alie, Mahalak and Griffin have three, Jonsen has four and can redshirt to make it five, and if Green follows through on his commitment, he’ll have the same four-five option.

Without a doubt, in the post-Mariota era, fans want to know who’s going to start. Setting the guesswork aside and steering clear of weighing in on that issue, an overview of all the aforementioned young men may reveal something important.

Whether it be at the High School or Division 1-AA level, all of them have been apart of winning traditions.

Despite not playing many meaningful snaps, Lockie learned from a legend in Marcus Mariota, and showed flashes of brilliance during the annual Spring Game. He practiced in a week-to-week winning operation the past three seasons, and he’s sure to move into his new role smoothly if he wins the job.

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The other major candidate for the starting nod is Vernon Adams. He won 28 games as a starter, and was apart of an upset win at Oregon State, a ranked opponent, as well as many other near-upsets. He’s a proven winner, and has the intangibles to succeed in the Oregon offense. Adams beat two Pac-12 teams in his time at Eastern Washington.

Despite their minor distinguishing characteristics, this is what stands out among all of Oregon’s QBs: they’re all winners, leaders, and champions. They know what winning feels like, and they’re committed to feeling more of it. Rest assured, they’re not done dazzling crowds by making plays that land on highlight reels. With adequate time to prepare, any one of them is perfectly capable of steering the Ducks to victory and each will certainly contribute to the pursuit of more championships in the years ahead.