It's spring break for former Alemany quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., but that doesn't mean he's taking a break.
Set to join Oregon this summer and seek to succeed Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota as the Ducks' starting quarterback, Adams was at Alemany on Tuesday getting lessons from his former high school coach, Dean Herrington.
Adams, who is graduating from Eastern Washington this year, then leaving on June 14 to join the Ducks for his senior year, said, "It's a blessing and a real honor. I'm just thankful to get this opportunity to showcase my talents."
He's no longer the 5-foot-11, 170-pound quarterback who led Alemany into the Pac-5 semifinals his senior year. His playing weight is up to 200 pounds, and he knows there's a big challenge ahead moving to the Pac-12.
"I'm just going to go and try to earn the starting spot and lead by example," he said. "The plan is to do a good job. I just have to get the playmakers the ball."
Adams said he plans to spend about a week in Oregon next month trying to quicken the learning curve in picking up the offensive plays.
He has three classes to complete and is throwing to former Eastern Washington receivers in his spare time.
"I'm trying to keep my arm loose," he said.
He was throwing some pretty good passes to Alemany receivers on a windy Tuesday.