Duck QBs often don't finish if they start
The Alamo Bowl between Oregon and TCU is being pitched as the "What-If Bowl." That got me to wondering how many times the Ducks have had the same starting quarterback in every game in the past 10 years. Does anyone at the MT have a clue?
— Barry J., Ashland
We're often asked that by our readers, and left to our own memories probably would've whiffed on this one. We consulted with Rob Moseley, Editor in Chief of goducks.com, who provided a surprising answer.
Of the past 10 seasons, Oregon has kept a quarterback from start to finish in only four of them, and three of those were thanks to Marcus Mariota.
Although Mariota was hobbled multiple times, he never missed a start from the beginning of his redshirt freshman season until capping his Heisman Trophy campaign last year. Darron Thomas made the opening call every game of the 2010 season prior to a national championship game appearance against Auburn.
This season, both Oregon and Texas Christian University saw injuries to their highly touted quarterbacks derail national playoff hopes (hence the "What-If Bowl"). Vernon Adams Jr. of Oregon broke a finger in the first game of the season that either hampered his performance or kept him out of lineup in pivotal games. TCU's Trevone Boykin was considered a Heisman Trophy front-runner until he injured an ankle.
There were other seasons when the Ducks looked like they might be going places before quarterback injuries smothered their hopes. One such season was 2005 when quarterback Kellen Clemens broke an ankle against Arizona. In 2007, the Ducks were No. 2 in the nation when Dennis Dixon suffered an ACL injury against Arizona State.
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