Lose out on the starting job; become the subject of transfer rumors.
That’s the case with Oregon quarterback Bryan Bennett, who will sit behind redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota this season. A number of reports making their way through the rumor mill indicate Bennett is considering a transfer.
Asked by reporters on Tuesday if he was leaving, Bennett said “I don’t know.” The Oregonian and the Eugene Register Guard report that Bennett is intending to transfer, but that’s far from confirmed. There are also mixed reports on whether Bennett was at practice.
Bennett, a redshirt sophomore, was figured to be the next in line after Darron Thomas departed unexpectedly for the NFL draft. He played well in spot duty last year for Thomas, throwing 369 yards and six touchdowns.
But the gap between Mariota and Bennett was close during the Ducks’ spring game. In fact, one could make the argument that Mariota had the better scrimmage.
In any case, if Bennett does leave, Oregon has two other scholarship QBs on roster in freshmen Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodrigues.