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Backup Quarterbacks, Kickers Each Get Chances To Shine
Release Date: 08/31/2013
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By Rob Moseley

Later than might have been expected, both of Oregon’s redshirt freshman quarterbacks got a chance to play Saturday in the Ducks’ 66-3 win over Nicholls in Autzen Stadium.

Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodrigues each made his UO debut in the fourth quarter. The Ducks played their starters through three quarters, to work through some midgame miscues that cropped up.

Lockie came off the bench first, and had his first career completion on a touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter. He then ran for a score that gave the Ducks a 59-3 lead.

“It felt good finally getting out there,” Lockie said. “It’s been a year and a half since I really got in there (back in high school), so it was fun.”

Lockie finished the afternoon 1-of-3 passing for eight yards, with the one carry for eight more. The Ducks initially had a different play called, and Lockie checked to the running play on which he scored after analyzing the Nicholls defense.

“People can look at individual stats, but my job is a drive ending in the end zone,” Lockie said. “I think we did a good job of that.”

Rodrigues directed one drive, which ended in the day’s final touchdown. That came on a 23-yard scoring pass to Chance Allen. Rodrigues added a 28-yard rush.

Thus, both quarterbacks played well, neither seeming to do enough to resolve their competition for the backup job once and for all.

Similarly, the Ducks used two players on placekicks. Alejandro Maldonado made Oregon’s only field-goal attempt of the day, of 29 yards, and also was good on six PAT attempts, while Matt Wogan converted three PATs and handled kickoffs.

“Every day we’re competing, and if one person gets the job, it’s still a competition,” Wogan said. “We’re both getting way better because of it.”

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