Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost said that Vernon Adams will not start until he is ready to go.

Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost said on Monday that quarterback Vernon Adams will not be on the playing field "until he is ready to throw." Adams started for teh Ducks against Utah last Saturday in the 62-20 defeat but was pulled in the first half as he struggled making plays and throwing the ball.

Adams wore a protective glove on Saturday against Utah and had trouble making throws. The post-graduate transfer from Eastern Washington broke his finger in the first game of the season against his Alma Mater and was forced to sit out game against Georgia State two weeks ago. Jeff Lockie started the GSU game and came in and lead a scoring drive against Utah in the second quarter to cut the Ute's lead to 20-13. However the Oregon defense was unable to hold Utah for the rest of the game and the Oregon offense looked the worst it has in several years. The Ducks could not provide protection for Lockie, who gave up two interceptions and was sacked four times.

Frost was asked about why the Ducks could not continue to execute following the Lockie-led drive that cut the score to 20-13. Frost said after the scoring drive led by Lockie, the Ducks made some "key mistakes" that should not have been made. Frost did not identify what those mistakes were. Then Frost went on to say that there have been a lot of games where the Ducks have had "people on their heels and pressing" because were scoring and building a solid lead and those opposing teams left their offensive game plans. Frost said once that happened, and the other team started making mistakes that the Ducks would "bury them." Frost said that unfortunately, the situation reversed for Oregon against Utah.

It was pointed out to Frost that when the  Ducks were able to bury teams, that the Oregon players were in better physical condition than other teams and Frost had a surprising response.

"I think we are always in better shape than the other teams," said Frost unhesitatingly. 

Even now?

"Yep," replied Frost.

Oregon suffered one of the worse losses in school history, and after practice there were indications that the seniors on the team had stepped forward during practice to challenge the squad to work harder during the week in preparation for Colorado. The Buffaloes are 3-1 for the season after beating Nichols last week, 48-0.


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