Former QBs Making Impact at Other Positions for Pac-12 Teams
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The change in position for Oregon State quarterback Seth Collins seemed inevitable at the end of last season, when he was used in several roles in the finale against Oregon.
The writing was on the wall: Utah State transfer Darell Garretson would be eligible to play this season, and it looked like that was where the Beavers were leaning at quarterback. Collins decided to leave Oregon State and go somewhere where he could play at quarterback — but he never actually left school. Instead, he became a receiver -- joining several other prospective Pac-12 quarterbacks who have also traded positions.
The list includes Oregon's Jeff Lockie and Taylor Alie. Lockie was the backup to quarterback Marcus Mariota and many figured he'd become the starter when the Heisman Trophy winner went to the NFL. But Oregon brought in graduate transfer Vernon Adams from Eastern Washington last season.
Adams' finger injury prompted Oregon to look at both Lockie and Alie, but both struggled with consistency. All three QBs played in a loss at home to Washington State last season.
The Ducks brought in another graduate transfer in advance of this season, Dakota Prukop, and Lockie and Allie were moved to receiver in the spring.
Interestingly, freshman quarterback Justin Herbert, who started last weekend in Oregon's 70-21 loss to Washington, credited Lockie and Alie for their guidance in the days leading up to his debut.