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Oregon backup QB Jake Rodrigues decides to transfer

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May 3, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Jake Rodrigues (3) throws the ball down field at Autzen Stadium. (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports)

Oregon quarterback Jake Rodrigues, who was competing to be the No. 2 quarterback on the Ducks’ depth chart behind Marcus Mariota, has decided to transfer.

According to Comcast Sportsnet Northwest, Rodrigues made the decision to transfer after meeting with head coach Mark Helfrich Monday morning.

“Football wasn’t working out here and that is why I am leaving,” Rodrigues said. “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.”

Rodrigues, a redshirt sophomore, competed with fellow redshirt sophomore Jeff Lockie for the backup role, but Helfrich apparently would not name a definitive backup following spring practice. Rodrigues completed 7-of-18 passes for 66 yards and an interception in the Oregon spring game. He also ran for 42 yards. Lockie was 7-of-12 for 121 yards and one touchdown.

Rodrigues’ decision to transfer leaves the program with Lockie and redshirt freshmen Damion Hobbs and Taylor Alie on the depth chart behind Mariota. Four-star recruit Morgan Mahalak will also join the team in the summer.

Per CSNNW, If Rodrigues opts to transfer to another FBS program, he would have to sit out the 2014 season and then would have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2015 campaign. If he decides to transfer to the FCS level, he would have three years of eligibility.

Rodrigues, a native of Rocklin, Calif., was a four-star recruit and the No. 165 overall player in the class of 2012 according to Rivals. He appeared in seven games for the Ducks last year, completing 3-of-6 passes with one touchdown and one interception.

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