Jordan Ingram reporting for FishDuck.com on the first day of Oregon’s spring football practice at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore.
After a long offseason, the Oregon Ducks football team held their first spring practice today. Many questions surround the quarterback position as Marcus Mariota‘s departure to the NFL draft has left a colossal shoes to fill.
But one of several men protecting Oregon’s next quarterback for the 2015-16 football season, offensive lineman Doug Brenner, has noticed that redshirt junior quarterback Jeff Lockie has a horse in the race. The redshirt sophomore spoke with FishDuck.com about his observations on Lockie in the offseason.
“[Lockie] has really stepped up these last few months. He’s a very hard worker and also a vocal leader on the team,” Brenner said.
Lockie was Mariota’s understudy throughout the Heisman Trophy winner’s record-breaking three years as Oregon’s starting quarterback. While the dual-threat quarterback from Monte Vista high school has received the most exposure to the Ducks’ offense, his candidacy for quarterback has been overshadowed by a strong class of recruits and transfers, including four-star freshman Travis Jonsen (Waller), Georgia transfer Ty Griffin, graduate transfer Vernon Adams Jr., redshirt freshman Morgan Mahalak, and Sheldon high school graduate and walk-on Taylor Alie.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 6, 2015
This impressive quarterback “cartel” has some questioning Lockie as a favorite for the gig. Brenner, however, says Lockie has natural leadership abilities that have not gone unnoticed by the offensive line.
“He’s a very smart guy and we have a lot of respect for him as offensive linemen, and we’re excited for him, Brenner said.
— Tribune Photography (@TribunePhoto) December 31, 2014
Brenner is one of the few offensive linemen returning for the Ducks this season after the departure of Hroniss Grasu, Jake Fisher, Hamani Stevens, and the early retirement of André Yruretagoyena.
Top photo by Craig Strobeck
Jordan is a lifelong Duck fan currently living in San Diego. Jordan graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, after serving a prestigious fellowship with the Washington State House of Representatives. Upon graduation, he worked as an English language teaching assistant for the Spanish Ministry of Education’s Ambassadorial Program in Monforte de Lemos, Spain. Jordan has worked as a journalist, writer, and editor in Oregon, Washington, Montana, and California, covering a wide range of topics, including sports, local politics, and crime. He is VERY excited to be writing about his beloved Oregon Ducks.
For Football Season: FishDuck Back to Seven Days a Week!
I had to shut down the daily articles on July 20th because I could no longer work the extra 3 to 12 hours per week of certain managerial/editorial duties. (beyond the usual ones with FishDuck)
I’ve had a blast writing without those duties, and now, due to a new agreement with the writers, I can announce that we will have articles seven days a week again. I wish to thank the writers publicly for their graciousness in coming to a solution, as now I still do not have do those extra duties with our agreement, and meanwhile the writers are back having fun creating articles as I am.
Everybody is happy! So below is the new schedule through football season:
Monday: Mr. FishDuck
Tuesday: Darren Perkins
Wednesday: Joshua Whitted & Mr. FishDuck
Thursday: Coach Eric Boles & Alex Heining
Friday: David Marsh
Saturday: Mr. FishDuck (GameDay Baby!)
Sunday: Jordan Ingram
A couple of writers could not join us as they have new projects in their lives, and cannot write for anyone at the moment–but perhaps we will see them back later.
Things rarely work out so well for all parties in agreements, but this time it has and truly….everyone wins!
Our 33 rules at FishDuck can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!
FishDuck members….we got your back. No Trolls Allowed!