SportsDesk: Oregon Ducks Future QB Plans Appear to Be Set, Helfrich Agrees to Extension


Monday was a good day for the Oregon Ducks and their fans for two reasons. One, Head Coach Mark Helfrich agreed to a new 5-year contract extension that will keep him in Eugene likely through the 2019 season. The contract is work $17.5 million and in my opinion is very worthy if you look at the performance of the team over the last two seasons with just four total losses.

Mark Helfrich runs to the locker room as the first half comes to an end. | Eugene Johnson/EDN
Mark Helfrich runs to the locker room as the first half comes to an end. | Eugene Johnson/EDN

The other reason for it being a good day is the Ducks picked up their Quarterback for 2015 to replace Marcus Mariota. On Monday Eastern Washington signal caller Vernon Adams signed a financial aid agreement with Oregon and will be eligible immediately to compete in the Spring and Fall for the Oregon Ducks. In signing to play in Eugene, Adams greatly increases his National Stage exposure as he brings to the program many of the same qualities that we have been accustomed to over the last three seasons with Mariota at the helm.


His arm and legs will get yards both through the air and on the ground. In his seasons at Eastern Washington he amassed over ten thousand yards through the air and he has also beaten two Pac-12 teams in Oregon State and Washington over the last two seasons. I expect he will earn the starting position over any of the incoming recruits for the 2015 season. Why else would he have transferred if he was told otherwise.

The Spring game will likely be one of the most attended and watched games of the Pac-12 games. The intrigue of Adams competing and/or earning the starting job will be fun to watch, especially for those who have not really had the chance to watch him while he was at Eastern Washington. Even more intriguing, the Oregon Ducks first game of the season is against Adams’ former team.

Now, of course, with Adams in the fold we all want football to start NOW. We have to wait. The Spring Game is slated for Saturday, May 2nd. The season opener against Eastern Washington is set for Saturday, September 5th.

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