Football fever infests much of the Northwest today as the Seahawks play their first preseason game.
In Eugene, however, the big news concerns a quarterback who passed the test to compete for the Ducks job vacated by graduated star Marcus Mariota.
Vern Adams passed the test, literally. The former Eastern Washington University quarterback successfully completed a math exam to earn his degree and transfer to Oregon as a graduate student.
This should spark angst among other Pac-12 schools. Adams threw for 10,438 yards in three seasons at Eastern, completing 65% of his passes with 110 touchdowns and just 31 interceptions.
Washington fans in particular want no part of Adams. Last year at Husky Stadium, Adams rallied the Eagles from a 21-0 deficit by scrambling out of trouble and throwing for a gaudy 475 yards (31 of 46) and seven touchdowns. UW held on to squeak by 59-52.
In 2013, Adams led Eastern past Oregon State 49-46, throwing for 411 yards and four TDs.
Naysayers point to Adams’ modest size and say he’ll struggle against steady Pac-12 competition. Adams is 5-11, 200 pounds.
I’d like to point out another QB with comparable size has done OK against stiff competition. His name: Russell Wilson.