Oregon quarterback Jake Rodrigues, one of the backups to starter Marcus Mariota, is leaving the Ducks and plans to transfer to another program.
Rodrigues, a redshirt sophomore, finished spring practice in an ongoing competition with Jeff Lockie to be the No. 2 quarterback. After the spring game earlier this month, head coach Mark Helfrich indicated that there had been no separation between the two players.
Rodrigues told CSNNW.com that he met with Helfrich on Monday morning to make his decision official.
“Football wasn't working out here and that is why I am leaving,” Rodrigues said. “I am not leaving because of how people treated me, or how much it rains here. I am leaving simply based on this football decision.”
Oregon has given Rodrigues the clearance to transfer anywhere he likes. Should he attend another FBS program, Rodrigues would have to sit out the 2014 season and then have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2015. Should he transfer to an FCS program, he would have three years of eligibility remaining.
Rodrigues completed 7-of-18 passes for 66 yards and one interception in the spring game while Lockie completed 7-of-12 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown. Rodrigues was a four-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite coming out of high school, and also had offers to Arizona State and Colorado before enrolling early and joining the 2012 recruiting class.
With Rodrigues gone, the group behind Mariota has been trimmed to Lockie, redshirt freshman Damion Hobbs, walk-on redshirt freshman Taylor Allie and incoming freshman Morgan Mahalak.
"It might be hard being behind Marcus, but it might have been the best thing that ever happened to me," Rodrigues told CSNNW.com. "In my opinion he is the number one quarterback in the nation right now. I guarantee he will be the first pick in the NFL draft next year. I learned so much and my quarterback game grew tremendously behind him."
Oregon will open the 2014 season against South Dakota on Aug. 30.