Oregon backup quarterback Jake Rodrigues is leaving the Ducks football program and is transferring to continue his playing career elsewhere, according to Brianna Amaranthus of Comcast Sportsnet Northwest.
Rodrigues, a redshirt sophomore, had been competing for the No. 2 job behind Marcus Mariota during spring practice, but after the competition was going to continue into the summer and fall, Rodrigues informed Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich that he was leaving the program and Oregon is not placing any restrictions on his transfer.
“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.”
The decision by Mariota to bypass the 2014 NFL Draft where he likely would have been the top quarterback taken and perhaps the No. 1 pick likely played a big factor here as Rodrigues would have been competing with Jeff Lockie for the starting job rather than the backup job, but the former four-star recruit looked at playing behind the 2014 Heisman candidate as a positive.
“It might be hard being behind Marcus, but it might have been the best thing that ever happened to me,” Rodrigues said. “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.”
Rodrigues will have to sit out the upcoming season if he transfers to another FBS program and have two years of eligibility remaining, but if he transfers to an FCS program he will be eligible to play immediately and have three years remaining.