What will Oregon football look like without Heisman winner Marcus Mariota at the helm in 2015? It is certainly a valid question, but Oregon has faced similar ones before, including when it lost program architect Chip Kelly to the NFL. FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel spoke to Oregon coaches about the transition, and offensive coordinator Scott Frost had a classic quote:
Fans outside the program are nervously waiting to find out whether Oregon can survive without him.
Just as they wondered whether the run would continue without Chip Kelly. Or LaMichael James. Or …
“I’ve been hearing that Oregon’s done for about four years,” joked Frost. “… Every time we’ve lost a player around here that people assumed we couldn’t live without, the program’s found a way to get it done.”
Fair enough, Scott, fair enough.
Oregon will open its 2015 season against Eastern Washington, and will have former EWU star quarterback Vernon Adams on the roster. Whether Adams, junior Jeff Lockie, or another signal caller is behind center for that September 5 game is yet to be seen.