Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Oregon Ducks [Print without images]

Saturday, December 29, 2012
McEvoy could replace a transferring QB

By Brandon P. Oliver

Tanner McEvoy
Tanner McEvoy, shown in the 2012 spring game for South Carolina, transferred before the season to Arizona Western College. He's likely choosing between West Virginia and Oregon.
With four underclassmen at quarterback, the Oregon Ducks could lose a quarterback to transfer this offseason.

With a freshman starter, a sophomore backup and two other freshmen in reserve, the Oregon Ducks are stocked with young quarterbacks and could be faced with the departure of one of their backups in the near future. Marcus Mariota beat out expected starter Bryan Bennett last summer and is the unquestioned starter going forward, likely for multiple seasons.

There has been a steady flow of rumors surrounding Bennett's possible transfer since the day Mariota was named the starter. Redshirt freshman Jake Rodrigues or Jeff Lockie could also choose to leave with Mariota clearly in control of the position.

The Ducks, having chosen to pursue just a couple of select quarterbacks in the Class of 2013 -- all of whom committed to other schools long ago -- have decided to kick around the idea of adding a quarterback again.

Former South Carolina quarterback Tanner McEvoy (Hillsdale, N.J./Arizona Western College) has received interest from Oregon, Texas and West Virginia after a standout freshman season at Arizona Western. West Virginia has offered and recently hosted McEvoy on an official visit to Morgantown. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound, dual-threat QB said recently that Oregon and West Virginia are his top two choices as he looks to regain his footing at a BCS program.

The Ducks have yet to offer, but McEvoy is scheduled to visit Oregon during the second week of January. Should Bennett, Rodrigues or Lockie opt to leave Oregon, it would likely come in the next week or so. If that were to take place, the Ducks would likely pull the trigger on an offer to McEvoy in order to secure a player capable of stepping on the field next fall should Mariota get injured.

As of now, McEvoy still appears to be the only active quarterback target for the Ducks in the Class of 2013.