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Oregon Ducks Drop to No. 13 After Loss to Michigan State

Monday, September 14, 2015

 

Vernon Adams Jr. Pictured Above

Following Saturday night’s loss to the Michigan State Spartans, the Ducks dropped six spots and now sit at the No. 13 rank. It was the close battle that everyone anticipated it to be, and the Spartans eventually proved why the Ducks were the underdogs.

In relation to Vernon Adams Jr.’s second game for the Ducks, some might say it was less impressive than his first.

Multiple mistakes lead to the Duck’s downfall, but none were more significant than the lost incompletion to a wide open Byron Marshall missed for a guaranteed six points.

Picture this, you are in the perfect situation with a wide open receiver sitting in the end zone. Now, all you have to do is get the ball from point A to point B. Well, apparently asking Adams to do that was too much. The Ducks new quarterback will have that play engraved in his memory for a while.

"I can't stop thinking about that," Adams said. "He was wide open and you've got to make that throw."

Adams just had to be better to be Michigan State; it’s that simple. He completed 22-of-39 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. Not a very impressive scorecard.

The Ducks were good enough to win at MSU but fell short thanks in large part to mostly unavoidable miscues on offense that could subside over time as Adams becomes more comfortable within Oregon's offense.

Adams' teammates sound optimistic about his future improvement with the team.

"He's been here for a month now, so of course we're going to get better," wide receiver Bralon Addison said. "It's just his second game with us. He's still learning us. He's still learning the offense.

The Ducks take on Georgia State this Saturday. This easy game will be perfect for Adams to get some more live reps with the offense, in addition to gaining some confidence.

Week two has further proven two things. One, Marcus Mariota was a one in a lifetime quarterback, and two, Vernon Adams Jr. is not him.

 

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