Oregon Ducks quarterback Jeff Lockie, a redshirt freshman from Monte Vista High School (Alamo, California), enters his second season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Lockie received his chance to start as a junior passing for 2,449 yards and 26 touchdowns along with 205 yards rushing. As a senior Lockie exploded for 3,278 yards and 31 touchdowns through the air and 136 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. He was honored as the East Bay Athletic League (BBAL) MVP as a senior.
Lockie had offers from several programs, but his two top programs through most of the recruiting process were Oregon and San Diego State. However, Oregon was always the clear frontrunner.
In 2012, Lockie spent the season redshirting while developing behind starter Marcus Mariota and backup Bryan Bennett.
Lockie was effective in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game going 22-of-28 for 217 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for nine yards on two attempts (4.5 YPC). While his numbers were better than Jake Rodrigues, Lockie looked out-of-sync at times and didn’t appear as comfortable at the position. Lockie’s main problem was his footwork.
Going into the 2013 season, Lockie will be in a fierce battle with Rodrigues for the backup position behind Mariota. It’s an intense battle that will go throughout fall camp, and even then a candidate might not emerge.
Lockie will have four more years in the program and could very well earn a starting spot once Mariota graduates or leaves early for the NFL.