Jeff Lockie Ready to Seize Opportunity

Oregon vs Washington

In an interview for on Wednesday, I spoke with Oregon quarterback Jeff Lockie at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene.

The Oregon Ducks’ Spring practices into there second week, and while the players are happy to be back on the gridiron, Mark Helfrich and his coaching staff understand that things will look a lot different next year.

Marcus Mariota‘s run in Eugene was legendary and it’s safe to say that he’s the greatest football player that the University has ever seen. But now there’s one huge question that needs to be answered: Who will be Oregon’s quarterback next season? Of course, there’s no doubt that it will take the Ducks quite sometime to answer that question, but Mariota’s successor might be a lot closer than people think.

Jeff Lockie, who will be a redshirt junior next season, is considered to be the leading candidate for the Ducks’ vacant quarterback position. Lockie said he’s ready to seize his opportunity, but he also understands that patience is key.

“It’s going to be a long tenure until the starter is announced,” he said after practice on Wednesday. “You just have to keep going day by day and doing the best you can to worry about yourself.”

Oregon currently possesses five quarterbacks on its roster, and the Ducks are expected to receive a sixth member once Vernon Adams, Jr. arrives on the Duck campus after his graduation from Eastern Washington. Despite the fact that the Ducks have a plethora of quarterbacks, Lockie believes that the competition will benefit everyone.

“We’re all a team together. Helping them (teammates) is just going to make our team better,” Lockie said. “There’s no shyness there. I think we’re all just trying to get better together.”

The Ducks’ coaching staff has praised Lockie’s work so far this spring, and Oregon’s offensive coordinator, Scott Frost, mentioned that he’s been impressed with Lockie’s ability to run the ball. Lockie understands that more responsibility will be placed upon his shoulders as the Ducks continue to move forward, but he doesn’t want to lose sight of the big picture, as he wants his teammates to succeed as well.

“We’re all splitting reps and being competitive. We’re feeling the offense and the rust is off.” Lockie said. “We’re feeling pretty good.”

Top Photo by Craig Strobeck

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Omar Garibay

Omar Garibay

My name is Omar Garibay and I am a journalism student at the University of Oregon. I was born and raised in Salem, Oregon and I have dreamed of living in Los Angeles since I was 14-years-old. My dream career would be to work for ESPN LA, The Los Angeles Times or as a beat writer for the Los Angeles Lakers or Dodgers. Twitter: @omargaribay8