QB Jake Rodrigues to transfer

ByKyle Bonagura ESPN logo
Monday, May 12, 2014

Quarterback Jake Rodrigues, who was in competition to serve as Marcus Mariota's backup with the Oregon Ducks, will transfer.

As a redshirt freshman in 2013, Rodrigues completed 3 of 6 passes for 67 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He shared the backup job with Jeff Lockie during the season, but neither emerged as a clear-cut No. 2 during spring practice.

Rodrigues ultimately made the decision to leave after meeting with coach Mark Helfrich on Monday morning, according to a Comcast SportsNet Northwest report.

"Football wasn't working out here and that is why I am leaving," Rodrigues told CSNNW. "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."

It was not immediately clear where Rodrigues, ESPN.com's No. 12-ranked quarterback in the class of 2012, intends to transfer.

Lockie completed 8 of 13 passes in 2013 for 57 yards without a touchdown and one interception. He leads a group of three quarterbacks remaining behind Mariota, a Heisman Trophy front-runner, on the roster along with Damion Hobbs and walk-on Taylor Alie, both of whom redshirted last season. The Ducks also signed Morgan Mahalak, ESPN.com's No. 9-ranked dual-threat quarterback, to their most recent recruiting class.