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Things Get Worse for Oregon Ducks: Who Will Replace Jeremiah Masoli?

Derek SmithCorrespondent IJune 9, 2010

Jeremiah Masoli has officially been dismissed from the Oregon football program, making things worse for the Ducks.  Now they must settle on a firm replacement at the QB spot.

Before spring practice started in March, Oregon suspended Jeremiah Masoli for the entire 2010 season after he plead guilty to a burglary related misdemeanor charge.  After his second arrest in just six months, he has been released from the team for "Failure to adhere to obligations."

If Oregon were to have gotten into a situation where they needed Masoli, they could have simply had him suited and ready to play; now they have no choice but to find a quality replacement.

The candidates battling for the job are Nate Costa and Darron Thomas. 

Nate Costa has had one start, but an impressive one (for a rookie).  Last year against UCLA he completed nine of 17 passes for 82 yards and the 24-10 victory.

Darron Thomas gave up his RS in 2008 when he was called upon to pull Oregon out of a huge deficeit.  Down by 24 points in the fourth quarter, Thomas completed 13 of 25 for 210 yards and three touchdowns, coming up short of the win, 37-32.

The more experienced QB is obviously Darron Thomas, but according to head coach Chip Kelly neither athlete has shown enough to make a big impression. 

If you can not trust the quarterback with the most experience to step up, and the potential back-up doesn't come out with guns "a blazzin," then you have major problem on your hands.

Unless an injury prevents it, I suspect we will see Thomas come time for kickoff.  But he needs to show the coaches what he is packing now, not at game time.  If he waits, he may miss out.

Signing off and Roll Tide,

Derek Smith

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