The starting quarterback position isn’t all that big of a concern this season for head coach Mark Helfrich and the Oregon Ducks. With Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota’s decision to return this season and bypass the NFL Draft, the team has one of the most prominent players in the country at the position running the show.
However, depth behind Mariota is a slight issue, and according to a report from Duck Territory, the situation is going to get a little worse as Damion Hobbs will be transferring out from the program this season.
Generally one transfer is not that big of a deal, but this announcement comes on the heels of another quarterback on the roster, Jake Rodrigues, announcing that he too will be leaving Eugene earlier this week.
Hobbs was a three-star member of Oregon’s 2013 recruiting class and he redshirted his freshman season last year.
While they still do have Jeff Lockie on the roster as Mariota’s primary backup, it’s never a good thing to be this good at the position. Mariota has had some injury concerns in the past, so depth is a little more crucial in Oregon’s case, and the two transfers this week delivered them a serious blow just a few months before the regular season is set to get underway.