Jordan Ingram interviewed Oregon Football’s Jeff Lockie for FishDuck.com at the University of Oregon’s Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.
As Oregon fans and the rest of the country continue to watch Marcus Mariota breeze through the draft process, the reality of him not coming back is finally here. On Wednesday, the Ducks began their second spring practice without Mariota, but a familiar face was there taking snaps and calling plays. The same face that had a court-side seat the last three years to watch the best quarterback in Oregon history play football.
The name of this fortunate man is Jeff Lockie. For the last three seasons, he got to watch who he considers his “best friend” go from a scrawny little kid from Hawaii to become arguably the most talented player in the entire upcoming NFL Draft. But that’s all a thing of the past now, as Lockie begins to embark on his new journey to becoming the Ducks starting QB.
Spring practices will bring out the best in all four quarterbacks on the roster, with each of them wanting to be the next great Ducks’ quarterback, but it is Lockie’s job to lose. He has been in the program for three years now and, when compared to all the other quaterbacks, Lockie is light-years ahead of them all when it comes to knowing the offense and the playbook.
When asked about having to take command of the locker room and weight room this season, Lockie’s response was “It’s a big responsibility of mine to take that weight upon my shoulders, I’ve been here for three years, and I think I’m ready for that.” He also goes on to say that the younger QBs have been looking to him for guidance as they start their collegiate careers.
Lockie was also asked about the search for a new center is going with the loss of Hroniss Grasu to the NFL. He responded with “Good,” then later stated that everyone from Jake Pisarcik to Matt Pierson have been getting some reps in – even the impressive freshmen, Zack Okun, who is 6’5 and 325 pounds from Newbury Park, California. With the new pieces being put in place this Spring on the offensive side of the ball, Lockie’s experience could put him atop the depth chart heading into fall camp.
Top photo by Kevin Cline
Jonathan is currently a sophomore at the University of Oregon, majoring in Business Management with a minor in Media Studies. Social Media is where he will impact FishDuck.com with his knowledge and time given. He is currently the sports anchor for DUCK TV, the U of O’s student-run television program that produces segments on news, sports, and other comedic, dramatic, creative shows that air on public access Channel 23. A native Texan from the border, Jonathan lives and breathes sports. As he likes to say, “I’m from Texas but I got here as fast as I could!” As a newcomer to FishDuck, he wants to use his ever-growing knowledge of college sports to get his message out to readers. When he’s not writing in-depth sports articles or working on Duck TV, Jonathan is busy rooting on his beloved Ducks in all sports, debating the worthiness of ESPN’s top ten plays of the day or playing golf with his friends.
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!
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