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Measurable: Height-6’1". Weight-215 LBS. Class-Senior(RS)
Career Statistics: Passing-25/38 for 269 Yards 1 TD 1 INT.
Important notes: Two torn ACLs since arriving at Oregon plus one previous. Was considered the QB in waiting after Dennis Dixon. Did not see significant game action from the Portland State game in 2006 to the Cal game in 2009. One of the unquestioned leaders of the team entering the year.
Best Case Scenario: Costa comes out and proves that his knee is as close to 100% as it will probably ever be after being blown up multiple times. While his gait is still slightly hampered, he owns a pristine knowledge of the offense that neither Thomas or Hawkins can come close to showing. Throughout camp, he establishes a repertoire with the newer personnel, and adds to the ones he’s established throughout his time in Eugene. After a mistake-free spring game, he gives Chip no choice but to name him the starter entering fall camp.
Worst Case Scenario: Costa’s knee proves unable to hold up to the rigors of a full-time job as spring camp goes on. This becomes even more apparent during the spring game, as he is unable to work the spread option reads to anything near perfection. Across the field,Thomas shows an uncanny ability to work on the fly and has picked up an amazing amount of the offense. Enough, that he overtakes Costa entering fall camp, and Hawkins isn’t far behind.
Career Statistics: Passing-16/33 for 268 yards 3 TD 1 INT. High School (senior year): 148 of 249 for 2,576 yards and 11 touchdowns (rushed for over 900 yards).
Important Notes: Redshirted during the 2009 season after attempted redshirt was pulled during the 2008 Boise State game. Member of Oregon Iron Club, totaling 1,026 pounds (4.95 body-weight ratio) in the power clean, squat and bench press during winter testing.
Best Case Scenario: Thomas comes out during spring practice and consistently impresses the coaches with his athletic ability. Furthermore, he is able to grasp enough of the offense that he can run the team effectively. Combine that with an excellent spring game, and he’s well on his way to making Costa player-coach once again. Based on his stats in the weight room, maybe he’ll make a fool ofsomeone on May 1. One can dream, right?
Worst Case Scenario: While Thomas continues to shine athletically, he still has trouble with the offensive schemes, and as spring ball progresses he falls farther behind with in terms of repetitions with the first-stringers because of his lack of knowledge. Mistakes in the spring game force Chip to not only name Costa the starter, but to consider naming Hawkins as the second-string quarterback. Thomas reverts to his Money Over Bitches (M.O.B.) mentality (see his facebook for further details) and transfers to UCLA.
Measurable: Height-6’4". Weight-196 LBS Class-Freshman (RS)
Career Statistics: High School- Named the starting quarterback to begin his senior season but injured his collarbone in the second game. Took home a state title in the triple jump, second in the state in long jump. Had the fastest prelim time in the 110m hurdles but rolled ankle before the finals and still took third (via Goducks.com)
Important Notes: 1* Recruit by Scout, 2* by rivals. Regarded by some as having a higher ceiling than either Thomas or Costa. Three-Sport athlete all 4 years in high school.
Best Case Scenario: The kid that not many people are talking about comes out and wows the crowd at spring practice. He combines his dixon-esque scrambling ability with an uncanny ability to find the open man no matter the pressure. After Costa and Thomas get their say on May 1, Hawkins comes in and continually dazzles the crowd with his agility and speed, not to mention the touch on his deep balls. After the game, Chip declares that while Hawkins has not usurped both Costa and Thomas, he has proven that he deserves a shot at being in the ‘gun come September 4.
Worst Case Scenario: Hawkins is not able to prove to the coaches that he is worthy of a lot of playing time this year. After rave reviews from the scout team, Hawkins is simply too far behind in terms of terminology and the ins-and-outs of Chip’s complex schemes. While an athletic freak, his time has not yet come.
Bryan Bennett (expected to RS)