We didn’t want to admit it, but all Duck fans knew months ago this day was coming. With the ‘Flyin’ Hawaiian‘ declaring for the NFL Draft, its time to move on to a new quarterback. ‘Next man up,’ right!? While we’re all still licking our wounds from Monday’s defeat and Marcus’ transition, I’d remind us all that it wasn’t long ago we were wondering what Oregon would do without Darron Thomas after he led the Ducks to their first-ever Rose Bowl win in 2012.
I remember vividly sitting in Autzen Stadium the following spring on an unseasonably hot day to watch the Spring Game. The offense was led by a little known redshirt freshman named Marcus Mariota. After watching Marcus’ first pass attempt, I remember thinking, “Whoa, this is our guy.”
So, here we are again, such is the nature of college football, looking for our “next man up.”
The Oregonian’s Tyson Alger recently published a report on Oregon’s signal caller options for the 2015 season including redshirt junior Jeff Lockie, redshirt freshman Morgan Mahalak, Sheldon high, redshirt sophomore Taylor Alie, redshirt sophomore transfer Ty Griffin and incoming freshman, 4-star recruit Travis Waller.
Bleacher report put the candidates to a vote. The leader going into today with over 36% of the vote? A player standing on the visiting sidelines for the National Championship Game: Ohio State’s Braxton Miller.
Who gets your vote Duck fans? Who do you want to see? Who do you think gets the job?
Top photo by Craig Strobeck