Well, that’s awkward. Oregon starting quarterback Vernon Adams has an interesting tattoo on his right arm and it’s not of an “O” or a duck. It’s an interlocking “SC,” the symbol of the USC Trojans.
The Duck quarterback, who hails from Pasadena and played high school football at Alemany in Mission Hills, says that the tattoo is in honor of his southern California roots.
Adams transferred to Oregon from Eastern Washington over the summer after earning accolades in the FCS with an eye towards taking over for departed Heiman-winner Marcus Mariota.
The road has not been as smooth as expected for Adams and the Ducks. Oregon lost to Michigan State in Week 2 and Adams suffered a finger injury which held him out or limited for much of the first half of the year. During that time, the Ducks were demolished by Utah and fell to Washington State at home to fall to 3-3.
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Since Adams returned to the lineup against Washington on Oct. 10, however, Oregon has righted the ship, winning four games in a row including the weekend’s upset over Stanford to keep their hopes of securing a spot in the Pac-12 title game alive.
To continue forward, Oregon must beat the Trojans, who are on a four-win streak of their own.
Whether or not the “SC” is a sign of long-ago loyalty to the Trojans, it certainly won’t impact the match up. But it’s a fun tidbit adding a storyline for foes who have not met in years.