Helfrich: No 'hiccups' expected with incoming Oregon Ducks football players – The Register-Guard
Vernon Adams is caught somewhere between “a rock” and the place he wants to be.
But that doesn’t mean the pending Eastern Washington graduate transfer won’t be Oregon’s starting quarterback Sept. 5 at Autzen Stadium.
Mark Helfrich said he is not worried about Adams, who is living in Eugene but not currently enrolled at Oregon, joining the Ducks at some point before fall camp begins Aug. 10.
Junior college linebacker transfer Jonah Moi, the only member of the 22-man 2015 recruiting class not currently attending summer classes, is also expected to be a part of the program in 2015.
“We don’t anticipate any hiccups on the guys that have been mentioned or are signed to letters-of-intent or otherwise,” Helfrich told reporters on Tuesday. “We don’t anticipate any issues with that.”
Adams is expected to challenge junior Jeff Lockie for Marcus Mariota’s old gig after Eastern Washington approves his undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies.
“Jeff Lockie has been a rock,” Helfrich said when asked about players stepping into leadership roles.
Notre Dame graduate transfer Matt Hegarty is on campus preparing to compete at center, where the team loses All-American Hroniss Grasu.
“That’s player-driven at all positions,” Helfrich said when asked how Adams and Hegarty will get up to speed with the blur offense over the summer. “For newcomers, those guys are kind of thrown into the fire as far as how they do the player-run practices and all the things … it’s just an indoctrination and inculturation of how we do things, how we lift, how we condition, how we do the stuff when they’re out there with the ball with themselves.
“They take over, and we have complete confidence in that process. That’s at every position.”
Pharaoh Brown, who has been named as a preseason all-American by the Sporting News, continues to recover from a debilitating leg injury suffered last November at Utah. Helfrich was asked if his talented tight end would play this fall or redshirt.
“We anticipate him to work his tail off to get out there as fast as possible,” Helfrich said. “No idea. We try not to ever set a parameter either way on that. Guys, in general, end up way ahead of the curve when you approach it that way. I anticipate him to be fantastic when he’s back out there.”
Two other key offensive players, wide receiver Devon Allen and left tackle Tyler Johnstone, are making their way back from torn ACLs.
“We just want those guys to work every day for their teammates, and they’re doing that right now,” Helfrich said.
Helfrich said he has not received an update from the NCAA on a pending suspension for wide receiver Darren Carrington in the aftermath of last year’s failed drug test, which prevented him from playing in the national championship game.
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