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Reports: Bennett to remain a Duck after all

Bryan Bennett, Will Pericak AP

In the end, it was another one of those “move on, nothing to see here” moments.

As Ben noted Tuesday evening, rumors began flying yesterday that Bryan Bennett had decided to leave the Oregon football program less than a week after officially losing the Ducks’ quarterback competition to redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota.  The transfer speculation made sense as the redshirt sophomore had entered spring practice as the prohibitive favorite to replace the departed Darron Thomas under center.

However, following a meeting with head coach Chip Kelly, Bennett has reportedly had a change of heart.

247Sports.com wrote last night that, per what the website referred to as a well-placed source, “Bennett is staying and Chip can breath [sic] a huge sigh of relief.”  Citing its own team source, The Oregonian reported that Bennett told teammates after the meeting with Kelly that he would remain a Duck.

The reason for the huge sigh of relief when it comes to a backup staying put can be boiled down to one word: experience.  Bennett is the only QB on the roster with actual playing experience, appearing in eight games last season — with one start in place of a dinged Thomas — as the primary backup at the position.

Mariota redshirted as a true freshman in 2011, while Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodrigues, the only other scholarship QBs on the roster, are true freshmen.

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5 Responses to “Reports: Bennett to remain a Duck after all”
  1. xtremesportsmaniac says: Aug 29, 2012 9:44 AM

    In the end the money was just to much to pass up.

  2. duklover says: Aug 29, 2012 11:11 AM

    The money, really? I would suggest that Oregon’s QB run offense would lead to a second QB getting plenty of playing time over a long season.

  3. coachdeforrest says: Aug 29, 2012 2:10 PM

    Really!!!!! NBC sports back pedaling on another story. “From a source “! Once again your sources seem to get it all. “It made sense ” Is this your justification to drum up or attempt to either plant a seed in his head, or more likely just because it made sense to somebody, try to be the first to report some scoop. What is this now? Four stories? Again, start getting better sources.

  4. John Taylor says: Aug 29, 2012 3:31 PM

    @coachdeforrest: you aren’t the sharpest knife in the chandelier, are ya?

  5. coachdeforrest says: Sep 1, 2012 5:48 PM

    @ Mr. Taylor: I will admit that I was wrong this time. I happen to know the last couple times were a inside source trying to get the story out first!!

    What is funny is they don’t even realize when they told on their self!!

    But being the dull minded and short witted person I am I would have to admit my own over zealousness!!

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