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Oregon has moved one step closer to hosting its expected quarterback battle between Vernon Adams and Jeff Lockie next month. According to the university registrar, Adams has been admitted to graduate school in Eugene. The touted transfer has his next chance to register for classes in Eugene on August 5, and Coach Mark Helfrich expects him to do so without "any hiccups" after spring-term grades at his former school, Eastern Washington University, are done processing. Remember, there was some uncertainty regarding Adams' academic status last month, so this news all but clears that up.
Though they've yet to name Marcus Mariota's successor, high expectations already surround Oregon. Fish Duck examines just how realistic some of these lofty preseason predictions are. Many polls have tabbed the Ducks as a top five team, a ranking that reflects the sheer amount of explosive talent that'll be returning around Oregon's new quarterback and the demonstrated effectiveness of the program's lethal run-pass combination.
One piece that won't be returning in 2015 is offensive lineman Andre Yruretagoyena, who retired early after suffering a broken leg against Michigan State last year. This feature delves into Yruretagoyena's decision.
This week's Oregon links also feature a tantalizing look into the future: The Ducks will play Mike Riley's Nebraska program in 2016 and 2017, Auburn in 2019, and Ohio State in 2020-2021. There are chances for revenge in the future on top of a meeting with a former archrival. Oregon is currently searching for the players who'll suit up in those games, and the Ducks are firing on all cylinders on that recruiting front this offseason.