Do you remember last year? We had the Duckies in the soup until Oregon brought in freshman Darron Thomas. Quick liike a bunny, this kid snapped three TDs like he and his reciever were the only people on the field. I predict that Thomas will save the game for Oregon, if it is saved at all, and Masoli will be standing on the bench (so he can see) watching the game from the sidelines.
There is one very simple reason. Thomas is taller and can see a play developing or disolving as it happens. Masoli, who is seriously altitude deficient, has to scramble around more so he can get a view of what is happening. Considering Oregon likes to run the spread offense, that makes Masoli more vulnerable to a very quick D - think Ryan Winterswyk. Also, Thomas looks to be a better pressure QB. He can improvise when the play turns to crap. He doesn't have a rifle shot arm but he stands and delivers like a pro. If his man is open he makes the play. He doesn't have to think about it too long. His quickness means he can get out of a jamb and still make the play. He can run with the best of them too. One problem, though, is that at 6'4" and 185 pounds, the tall skinny kid likley can't take a licking and keep on ticking as well as someone else with more muscle and bulk might. Something else that could bite Thomas is that he has just so-so patience. That could get him into trouble if the D has his recievers bottled up and he can't dump the rock. But with his wheels, my money is the kid will get the yards on his own - for a while anyway. This kid will be playing on Sundays in a few years when Masoli is lookng for a high school coaching job.