In last Saturday’s win over Arizona State, Oregon Quarterback Darron Thomas aggravated his left knee on an awkward looking tackle. After jogging off the field and into the locker room without any assistance, Thomas returned to the sidelines later, but would not play the rest of the night.
Instead, backup Bryan Bennett took his place and marched the Ducks to a 41-27 win.
Now that Oregon is getting ready to face Colorado, there’s a chance, although not necessarily a need (no disrespect, Buffs), for Thomas to play. In fact, Thomas is the first to admits he wants to give it a go this Saturday — word is that he exited practice this week without a knee brace — but is prepared to sit on the sidelines again if need be.
“Bryan’s ready to go if he needs to go,” Thomas said. “He can throw the ball as far as me, farther than me, harder than me.”
Bennett only completed 2-of-5 passes for 22 yards against ASU, but kept the ground game alive and the Ducks offense on the field. Kenjon Barner, filling in for the injured LaMichael James, recorded 171 yards on the ground.
Fun fact: James had been averaging 170.4 yards rushing before dislocating his elbow against Cal.
Talk about keeping up production.
James, like Thomas, is still questionable for this weekend’s game. Coach Chip Kelly doesn’t typically address injuries, and his two star players aren’t likely to be the exception.
In any case, Oregon has proven they can plug in athletes at just about every position and continue to be successful. Facing one of the statistically worst defenses in the country in points allowed, it might not matter who’s on the field.