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Adams one step closer to Oregon

EUGENE — As summer arrives on Oregon’s campus, the competition for the starting quarterback job is expected to heat up.

On Saturday, Vernon Adams marched during graduation ceremonies at Eastern Washington. He posted a photo of the celebration wearing his gown and surrounded by smiling family members.

“The whole fam made it out for my graduation. So thankful for them,” Adams wrote on Instagram. “First one in my family to graduate.”

Adams, who completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 10,438 yards with 110 touchdowns and 31 interceptions in 37 games at the FCS level, plans to take advantage of the NCAA’s fifth-year transfer rule and use his final season of eligibility playing for the Ducks.

The now former Eastern Washington star, who signed a financial-aid agreement with Oregon in February, is expected to enroll for summer classes at Oregon, which begin next Monday.

Mark Helfrich won’t comment on Adams’ arrival until the transfer is official.

Adams will have his work cut out form him getting up to speed with the playbook, earning the trust of his new teammates and ultimately beating out Jeff Lockie and the other candidates during fall camp.

“I don’t know a lot, but I know they’re good because they’re at Oregon,” Adams said earlier this year when asked about the competition he will face in the battle to replace Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota.

“They wouldn’t be at Oregon if they weren’t good,” he said. “I’m going to learn from them, they’re going to learn from me and we’re just going to ball out together, whether I’m starting or not starting.”

In two starts against Pac-12 teams — a 49-46 win against Oregon State in Corvallis and a 59-52 loss to Washington in Seattle — Adams passed for a combined 886 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.

“I just feel like the bigger the stage, the more pumped up I get,” Adams said. “I like to play my very best and show everybody what I can do. I just hope I can do that every week, that would be awesome.”

Oregon’s fall camp begins Aug. 10. The Ducks open the season Sept. 5 against Eastern Washington at Autzen Stadium (5 p.m., Pac-12 Network).