February 10, 2015 – 12:31 am
Every year, dozens of football players transfer from Division I-A (FBS) down to Division I-AA (FCS). Typically it’s a matter of where they fit on the depth chart combined with the ability to play without sitting out a year. Joe Flacco serves as the best-known example, going from Pitt to Delaware and demonstrating he was a draftable quarterback. Brandon Jacobs, who left a crowded Auburn backfield for Southern Illinois, is another example. So too is Tre Roberson, who left behind an Indiana team that badly could have used his services at quarterback this year and led Illinois State to the FCS Championship Game.
But the elevator rarely travels in the opposite direction. Vernon Adams is the exception.
Adams, who has been a three-year star at Eastern Washington, announced he is leaving the school to transfer to Oregon, where he will presumably take the reins from the departing Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota.
The rules for moving up aren’t the same as moving down — Adams will only be eligible to compete for the Ducks because he is finishing up his undergraduate degree this spring and will enroll at Oregon for graduate school, where he will try to get his Masters in Football.
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