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Adams Needs Extra Time In Cheney Before Heading To Oregon

Vernon Adams Jr. is running to Oregon once he completes a math class. Vernon Adams Jr. is running to Oregon once he completes a math class. -- Vernon Adams Jr. created a national stir when he decided to use the NCAA's graduate transfer rule to leave Eastern Washington to play his final year at Oregon, but he can't wear any Ducks gear just yet.

Adams was able to walk at EWU's graduation this past Saturday, but he needs to pass one more math class before his time in Cheney can come to a close. The two-time Walter Payton Award runner-up (FCS' Best Player) completed the move from Cheney to Eugene after graduation, but he still needs to pass "two more tests" for a final math class and turn in some paperwork before he earns his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. 

"I'm excited to get cleared and get everything done and done the right way and I'm just excited to be here and to be a Duck," Adams told The Oregonian over the phone. "I've got to finish up a couple more things and I'll be good."

Adams also said he's not nervous about the class holding him up, despite message boards in the Northwest calling out his academic success, which is something Adams called "crazy." But all-in-all he's glad to have graduated.

"It's a big accomplishment, my family was very proud of me and I was proud of myself and I'm happy," Adams said. "It's a little different that I'm not in Cheney anymore but I'm happy that I'm here. And I'm happy I can move forward now to get going and get working with my new teammates, get chemistry, get on the same page as the coaches and get back to where I need to be weight room-wise with the weights and conditioning-wise."

Adams was a three-year starter in Beau Baldwin's offense at Eastern where he amassed 10,438 yards passing, 110 touchdowns and 31 interceptions while completing 64.8 percent of his passes.

But the All-American won't be handed the Ducks starting job, Adams will have to compete with two-year backup Jeff Lockie for the right to fill Marcus Mariota's shoes this fall. Lockie already has the leg up after spending three years learning the Oregon spread offense, an offense that differs from the spread Adams ran at EWU.

"My expectations are just what I've been saying: come in and earn guys' trust, and earn the starting spot when fall camp comes," Adams said. "Just come in and be a leader and learn from other people, by example and do the right things."

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