Vernon Adams models his game after Seattle Sea Hawks quarterback Russell Wilson and on Saturday at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Adams hopes the comparisons between he and Wilson will come to fruition as Oregon faces Michigan State on the Spartan's home turf.
Adams was not part of the team last year when the Ducks handled the Spartans, 46-27 at Autzen Stadium. In that game Marcus Mariota threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns and the Ducks got a big boost from the Oregon defense that only allowed 3-points in the second half.
Mariota of course has moved on to the Tennessee Titans of the NFL and what Oregon fans hope to see is its defense coming back to life after a less than Steller performance against Eastern Washington last Saturday. Now the task of directing the Oregon offense falls upon Adams who says his previous biggest game was against the University of Montana.
"I'm a little more confident, but not over confident," Adams said about how he has grown since playing his first game with the Ducks. "That was an FCS team that we played last week and this is a Big-10, No. 5 team in the Nation, so I have to play smart."
Last week, Adams threw for 246 yards on 19-of-25 passing and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception but did cough the ball up once running for a first down. That was the one mar of a very good outing. Adams rushed for net 94 yards.
One of the more serious hits occurred in the fourth quarter when Adams was sliding down after running for a first down and was hit while on the ground by Eastern Washington's John Kreifels with helmet-to-helmet contact. Adams was forced to leave the game and Kreifels was disqualified from the contest. This week EWU announced that Kreifels has been suspended for the next contest. EWU Coach Beau Baldwin announced on Tuesday that Kreifels was suspended for a full game because of the hit and for taunting the Autzen Stadium crowd after being ejected for targeting. Kreifels has publically apologized via social media for his conduct calling his actions "immature." However he did say he did not intentionally try to hurt Adams in the play.
There had been speculation among fans that Adams may have broken his finger during the game because he was seen and photographed with an ice pack on his right hand. Adams said today that he he had an ice pack on his hand because his hand hit a players helmet during the game. He also indicated that he had been passing the ball during practice.
Oregon has a policy of not discussing injuries.
During a media opportunity following practice on Wednesday, Adams spoke to reporters and there was no apparent swelling to his right hand or was he wearing any type of cast or ice pack.