Who Needs Braxton Miller Anyways?

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Not too long ago, there was a lot of buzz regarding Braxton Miller transferring to Oregon – considering the quarterback situation at Ohio State. So much so that ESPN’s PTI and Around The Horn talked about the possibility of the move on their shows. That rumor has lost its luster as of late, and honestly, I’m not even mad about it.

We are Oregon. We decide to do things our own way, and for better or worse, it usually works out for us. This will sounds cocky, but I assure you this confidence is results based. We don’t need other schools’ players; they need ours more often than not. I honestly can’t remember the last time Oregon had a transfer player come in, but I sure remember seeing kids leave to play elsewhere. So why start bringing in players now?

Mariota went from unknown, to the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).

Kevin Cline

Mariota went from unknown, to the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).

Sure it would be nice to have the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, but we don’t NEED him. Remember back before the 2012 season, Oregon was searching for a quarterback after Darron Thomas (who took us to a national title and Rose Bowl victory) left to test the NFL Draft. Some unknown three-star kid from Hawaii stole the show, became the best Duck quarterback ever, and eventually won the Heisman Trophy. If we brought someone else in via transfer, would that ever have happened? Not to say you can just find a talent like Marcus Mariota that easily, but if history is any indication, some unknown Duck will step up and steal the show and grab the starting job. Surprising us all in the process.

There is another rumor that Vernon Adams, the Eastern Washington quarterback, could transfer to either Oregon or UCLA, or stay at the FCS level for his senior year. I’ll give my take on this real quick; I don’t want him. Adams doesn’t want to transfer unless he will be the starter… that concerning. I don’t want a kid who doesn’t want to compete and earn the job. If you’re that good, why couldn’t you beat someone out? I’ll leave it at that.

Mahalak was a 4-star recruit and Under Armour All-American before redshirting at Oregon last season.

Kevin Cline

Mahalak was a 4-star recruit and Under Armour All-American before redshirting at Oregon last season.

There is talent on this roster at quarterback. Aside from Jeff Lockie, who I personally believe will be a career backup at Oregon much like Nate Costa, the Ducks have good young talent ready to show what they can do. Two redshirt freshman, Morgan Mahalak and Ty Griffin, will both have a chance to earn the starting job this spring. Not to mention incoming true freshman Travis Waller will likely be in school in time to compete in spring ball as well. That gives Oregon three dynamic options at signal caller; someone will step up and take over and begin the post-Mariota era. Also, regardless of whoever is at quarterback, they will have a powerful running game and a plethora of weapons to throw the ball to. That will help the first year starter ease into the role.

As fans, we want our team to be the best it can be every year. We believe in our hearts that the low points are behind us, and we can compete for titles every year. Which is absolutely the right mindset for us Duck fans. But don’t get caught up in the “sexy” names and quick fixes to fill the hole our Heisman winner left. Don’t underestimate these Ducks. A Surprise could be right around the corner.

Top photo by Craig Strobeck

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Nik Brownlee

Nik Brownlee

University of Oregon alumnus and Duck football fanatic. Born in Eugene and raised in Autzen Stadium, sports are the foundation for who I am. Passionate about fitness, the outdoors and making people laugh. If I'm not talking about sports, chances are I'm listening to my music too loud.

  • Anderson

    Nik…I couldnt agree more.Go Ducks!

  • MarcTheDuck

    Yeah, we’ll be ok. Someone could come in and start for one year (a senior) but they’d have a lot to learn fast to do that. It’s not really a given unless we change the offense to fit what they can do with little indoctrination to the Oregon offense.

  • hvrli

    How quickly you forget Jeremiah Masoli.

  • MAITAIDUCK

    1st the Coaching staff doesn’t matter who it is never has told any player or promised them anything because lets be honest as in COMPETITION brings out the best in everyone. Adams was told and I do not know where you got your info is that he would have to come in and compete for the starting job. I seriously doubt he will come and I also believe Travis will win the starting job come Fall. Oregon has a loaded offensive Fire power unlike any other season ever. There’s also no reason to RS Merritt or Lovette because with Griffins knee he will probably RS. Whoever wins the starting job will ease into it and become a very talented signal caller by the 8th game and we will have Morgan who will be more capable than Lockie if one of them goes down with an injury. Oregon has never promised a starting roll to anyone and Adams if he goes anywhere it will be UCLA because Jim Mora probably either told him or will say it’s his and that’s why Mara and Sarkisian are terrible Coach’s.

    • Anthony Joseph Gomes

      you really havent seen mahalak or lockie play any meaningful minutes since high school yet you know who will beat out who for QB? well…you obviously know more than i though i cannot fathom what crystal ball methods you might employ. adams has made an OV here but none to UCLA so you think it likely that he would commit there sight unseen? ummmm….ok.. also UCLA has the highest rated QB in the nation who the bruins will not start while oregon has the third highest rated QB but he will win the job easily? um….ok.

      in 48 hours vernon adams will be a duck…60% likely

    • Anthony Joseph Gomes

      you really havent seen mahalak or lockie play any meaningful minutes since high school yet you know who will beat out who for QB? well…you obviously know more than i though i cannot fathom what crystal ball methods you might employ. adams has made an OV here but none to UCLA so you think it likely that he would commit there sight unseen? ummmm….ok.. also UCLA has the highest rated QB in the nation who the bruins will not start while oregon has the third highest rated QB but he will win the job easily? um….ok.

      in 48 hours vernon adams will be a duck…60% likely

    • Anthony Joseph Gomes

      you really havent seen mahalak or lockie play any meaningful minutes since high school yet you know who will beat out who for QB? well…you obviously know more than i though i cannot fathom what crystal ball methods you might employ. adams has made an OV here but none to UCLA so you think it likely that he would commit there sight unseen? ummmm….ok.. also UCLA has the highest rated QB in the nation who the bruins will not start while oregon has the third highest rated QB but he will win the job easily? um….ok.

      in 48 hours vernon adams will be a duck…60% likely

    • Anthony Joseph Gomes

      you really havent seen mahalak or lockie play any meaningful minutes since high school yet you know who will beat out who for QB? well…you obviously know more than i though i cannot fathom what crystal ball methods you might employ. adams has made an OV here but none to UCLA so you think it likely that he would commit there sight unseen? ummmm….ok.. also UCLA has the highest rated QB in the nation who the bruins will not start while oregon has the third highest rated QB but he will win the job easily? um….ok.

      in 48 hours vernon adams will be a duck…60% likely

  • Ray Treft

    Go Bucks, yall cant handle Braxton Miller!

    • Anthony Joseph Gomes

      he will probably be sorry if he has to sit and watch barrett or cardale jones take over next year. could hurt his NFL draft stock. miller needs one more year of solid experience somewhere or his draft stock will really suffer. i think he should get out of ohio state for his own good unless he is sure he will start next year. irving meyer talked him into coming back i think and i think that was good for irving meyer but im not so sure it was good for braxton miller.

  • Allan Force

    umm Ty Griffin is a transfer sir…

  • Adam Holland

    Pretty sure we’ve had some transfers make fairly big impacts before. You might remember the names Onterio Smith and LeGarrette Blount.
    I agree we don’t have to have a transfer QB, but if an experienced, talented QB wants to transfer here don’t poo-poo it.

    • Brandon

      oregon fans shouldn’t worry about the qb position as much as they should worry about devoloping some sort of defense! GO BUCKS!

      • Adam Holland

        Someone who can’t even spell “developing” isn’t worth my time…

  • mmaohio33

    Hahahaha OSU needs Oregon players more so then Oregon needing them? You have to be one of the absolute dumbest sports writer’s I’ve ever read. They destroyed Oregon so why would OSU want anyone from them genius