Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Who will be Oregon's Quaterback this fall?

1st.********* #7 Nate Costa (projected starter)***************

Position: Quarterback
Height: 6-1
Weight: 220
Year: Sophomore
High School/Other College: Hilmar HS, Cal

2007 — Set to redshirt behind Heisman Trophy candidate Dennis Dixon and senior Brady Leaf, he would have been UO’s go-to quarterback following Dixon’s injury, but suffered torn knee ligaments of his own during practice in October.

2006 — Brought out of his redshirt year in the eighth game of the year, completing all three of his pass attempts for 51 yards against Portland State. Also perfect in two tries at USC for 22 yards. Carried the football seven times for 39 yards, including 25 yards against the Trojans. Calmly marched Oregon downfield in his collegiate debut vs. the Vikings, capping a 98-yard drive with a touchdown. Also made the most of his lone possession in the L.A. Coliseum, with the offense coming up 3 yards shy of the end zone in the waning moments of the game.

Coaches like him but he has little experience and has played little in the last year due to injury. Did not play in spring game. Was third on the depth chart behind Dixon and Leaf last season before he was injured in practice.

2nd********#11 Justin Roper************************

Position: Quarterback
Height: 6-6
Weight: 205
Year: Sophomore
High School/Other College: Buford HS, GA

From Buford, Ga.

2007 — Ended the season as the Ducks’ top signal caller and helped UO to a Sun Bowl victory over South Florida with a bowl record four touchdown passes in his first career start. Was 17 of 30 for 180 yards and zero interceptions against the Bulls. After he replaced Oregon’s fourth quarterback to go down with an injury, few knew what to expect of the redshirt freshman when he entered the game in the regular-season finale. What he almost pulled off was the stuff that legends are made of. Forced to make the first extensive appearance of his collegiate career, the Georgia native’s first pass of the day was good for a 31-yard touchdown. His seventh resulted in a 3-yard score. He ran into the end zone from 7 yards out in the third quarter. And he moved the offense 40 yards downfield in less than a minute to position his team for a potential game-winning field goal that fell short. He finished the game against Oregon State completing 13 of 25 passes for 144 yards. That occurred one week after he was successful on only one of five passes for 8 yards at UCLA. The remainder of his collegiate resume consisted of the final 5:31 against Washington State, in which he completed his lone pass attempt for 10 yards.

2006 — Shared duties quarterbacking the scout team during his redshirt year.

My favorite. He looked good in Sun Bowl win and in this years spring game. He doesn't practice well but is "a gamer."

3rd.********* #_Jeremiah Masoli****************************

JC transfer,Jeremiah Masoli, who quarterbacked City College of San Francisco to a junior college national championship as a freshman last fall, committed to Oregon this spring and should start practice this August.

Masoli, 6-feet and 200 pounds, accumulated more than 4,000 yards of total offense for the Rams in his first season. As a full academic qualifier out of high school, he was eligible to transfer to a Division I school after just one season in junior college. Masoli ran for 448 yards and 11 touchdowns, giving him 4,040 yards of total offense for the JC Grid-Wire national champions.

Jeremiah Masoli attended Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. — alma mater of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady — for three years before transferring to Saint Louis High School in Hawaii for his senior season. He graduated in 2006, and grayshirted that fall before beginning his college career last fall.

Another Denis Dixon who can run and pass in the spread offence?

4th.********* #3 Chris Harper,******************************

QB 6-2 230 Fr. Wichita, KS (Northwest)

He graduated from High School early so he could register at Oregon and participate in spring practice. Looked good in the spring game. has the ability to run and break tackles. Will need to work on his passing game. Also may be another Denis Dixon. Will probalby red shirt this year unless there are a lot of injuries.

5th.********* #1 Darron Thomas, ************************

QB 6-3 202 Fr. Houston, TX (Aldine)

He also graduated early from High School so he could register at Oregon and participate in spring practice. Looked like a freshman in the Spring Game Should red shirt this year .

Two QB's where took part in spring practise have or will transfer

#12 Cody Kempt,

6-2 210 So. Beaverton, Ore. (Westview HS)

Kemp played last year after Dixon and Leaf were injured and did not play very well and has or will transfer to Montana State. I wish him well.

#2 Cade Cooper,

6-3 215 Jr. Provo, Utah (BYU) (Timpview HS)

Cooper was a non scholarship transfer from BYU who did not play very well in the spring game and did not earn himself a scholarship and will or has transferd to Southern Utah. I wish him well.

(Click on the title for a link to a story on Oregon's Offensive Coordinator Chip Kelly)