Husky fans saw Vernon Adams Jr. at his best last September when the Eastern Washington quarterback threw for 475 yards and seven touchdowns against Washington. It was one of the best performances by a quarterback at Husky Stadium — Adams’ seven TDs were the most ever against UW — and the Huskies were fortunate to escape with a 59-52 victory over one of the nation’s top FCS teams.
As he considers a move to the Pac-12 for his senior season, Adams could again find himself playing at Husky Stadium next season.
He just won’t be playing for the Huskies.
Oregon, looking to replace Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, has offered Adams a scholarship. UCLA and Texas have also reportedly reached out to him. Washington has not, the quarterback told The Seattle Times in a text message Saturday.
The Huskies will have an open quarterback competition starting this spring, UW coach Chris Petersen has said. Junior Cyler Miles was inconsistent in his first season as the team’s starter in 2014. UW has three other quarterbacks expected to compete for the starting job: junior Jeff Lindquist, redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels and freshman Jake Browning, the record-setting prep quarterback who enrolled in classes at UW last month.
Adams, a 6-foot, 190-pound dual-threat QB, is on track to graduate from EWU early and, if he chooses to transfer, would be able to play immediately for a fifth season of eligibility in 2015.
He visited the Oregon campus last week and is expected to announce a decision on Monday. Dean Herrington, Adams’ coach at Alemany High School in Mission Hills, Calif., told The Oregonian that Adams will likely choose between Oregon or returning to EWU.
The Ducks play UW at Husky Stadium on Oct. 17.
Adams was not recruited by any Pac-12 teams out of high school. He’s a two-time runner-up for the Walter Payton Award given to the top player in the FCS and he holds the Big Sky Conference record 110 touchdown passes in three seasons as the EWU starter.
In 2013, he led EWU to a dramatic upset of No. 25 Oregon State in Corvallis, passing for 411 yards and four TDs and rushing for 107 yards and 2 TDs that game.
“I tried to tell Pac-12 coaches, ‘I don’t care if he’s 5-11,’ ” Herrington told The Seattle Times in September. “He can play, and he might come back and beat you.”