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Oregon Ducks QB Vernon Adams Jr. to Return for Saturday’s Game

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

 

Vernon Adams Jr.

After sitting out for last Saturday’s game against Georgia State due to an index finger injury, Vernon Adams Jr. plans to suit up this weekend for the Ducks game versus Utah.

The game time decision of sitting Adams was weighed between two options. Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost addressed the dilemma.

"Coming into this week we had to weigh health versus the advantage of resting him for a week" Frost said.

Oregon made the right choice by sitting Adams, and it gave backup quarterback, Jeff Lockie, the starting position for a day that he had earned. Lockie didn’t play too bad either.

It was important for fans and teammates to see how invested Adams was in the game, even though he wasn’t playing. One thing is for sure, he wasn’t resting during the game on Saturday. He was in full pads, in on the huddles along the sidelines, helping with play calls, and getting his team pumped up. This is the kind of behavior that you look for in your quarterback.

Moreover, Adams looks to be back on the field this weekend for the big conference opener against Utah, in full health and with strapping confidence we hope.

 

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