Looking at Oregon's quarterback situation


FOXSports.com's Stewart Mandel recently visited Eugene and it sounds like he had the chance to spend quite a bit of time with the coaches. He came away with quite a few educated observations.

First and foremost, Mandel addresses the quarterback situation saying what so many others are also predicting: "Jeff Lockie is Mariota's clear successor -- until August."

This is obviously one of the more interesting storylines of the offseason for Oregon. Not only do the Ducks have the unenviable task of finding a replacement for the most important position on the field, they also have to do so with one QB 450 miles away from campus, as Andrew Greif recently wrote in The Oregonian and Ryan Thorburn wrote about the quarterbacks on Monday in The Register-Guard.

"There's not many people in this country that can play football like him," Lockie told Mandel. "I'm just going to do it my way and lead the team and score touchdowns the best I can if I get that opportunity."

Past the quarterbacks, Mandel also addressed a few other storylines for Oregon:

  • The depth of Oregon's wide receivers: "Really, all we need the quarterback to do is distribute the ball to those guys to make plays," offensive coordinator Scott Frost told Mandel.

  • What the Ducks are doing to ease the transition in the loss of center Hroniss Grasu, who Mandel says was an under the radar loss for Oregon (Grasu was mock-drafted to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday in ESPN's NFL Nation's mock draft).

  • The youth at corner in the Duck defense. The Register-Guards' Steve Mims says that Charles Nelson's decision between offense and defense could be a "wrestling match."

The Ducks have one more practice (Wednesday) before their spring game on Saturday (and The Oregonian's Tyson Alger has a rundown of what to expect format-wise for this weekend).

Will all of these issues be addressed? Yes. Answered? Probably not. For that, we'll all have to wait until this fall. But at least this will grant non-players a chance to see a bit into what this Oregon team is shaping up to be in 2015.