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Ducks’ backup QB getting prepped for defensive emergency

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Yesterday brought word that, due to injuries that have piled up on the defensive side of the ball, running back De’Anthony Thomas could possibly see time at cornerback against Stanford.

A day later, another of Oregon’s offensive players is getting a defensive look.

Again citing a UO football source, the Oregonian reports that backup quarterback Bryan Bennett has been getting reps as a defensive back the past couple of practices in case an emergency arises Saturday.  The paper writes that Bennett “has been learning some of the defensive calls and formations.”

Not surprisingly, head coach Chip Kelly wasn’t inclined to discuss what may or may not be going on behind closed practice doors.

“We don’t really talk about how we practiced,” Kelly said. “If we did, we’d let you guys (in the media) in every day. Just like injuries, we just don’t talk about it.”

Bennett, who was widely considered the heir apparent to Darron Thomas in the offseason, lost the quarterback competition in spring practice and summer camp to Marcus Mariota, seeing very little action under center for the top-ranked Ducks.  Like Thomas, though, Bennett played defensive back in high school.

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7 Responses to “Ducks’ backup QB getting prepped for defensive emergency”
  1. afirst916 says: Nov 13, 2012 6:07 PM

    I’m good with anything that doesn’t involve Bennett handling the football directly

  2. jintzforever says: Nov 13, 2012 8:45 PM

    Don’t like it. Mariota gets hurt and Bennett’s playing CB? No way.

  3. florida727 says: Nov 14, 2012 9:10 AM

    Only reason I disagree with the above posts is that you can’t play the “what if” game. They have immediate concerns/needs and they have to address them with the best available talent. If, in fact, this is what’s happening behind closed doors, I’m sure Kelly knows what he’s working with and is doing what he feels gives his team the best chance to win.

  4. packerbadger says: Nov 14, 2012 11:32 AM

    Nike should be able to buy a replacement or two for them.

  5. missouriduckfan says: Nov 14, 2012 12:22 PM

    Doesn’t matter what the ducks do their going all the way and you can’t stop the offense at all

  6. beavertonsteve says: Nov 14, 2012 6:07 PM

    I don’t see what the big deal is. They are shorthanded at DB and they need to make sure they have some guys that can step in in an emergency. It’s smarter to prepare them at practice than on the sideline.

  7. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 14, 2012 7:04 PM

    missouriduckfan says:
    Nov 14, 2012 12:22 PM
    Doesn’t matter what the ducks do their going all the way and you can’t stop the offense at all


    ***They have yet to even play a top 30 defense.

    Stanford is a tough physical defense, they can also run the ball with ease on Oregon.

    Stanford has a good chance in this game Saturday.

    I wouldn’t be so cocky with injuries piling up, Stanford, Oregon St (civil war) and pac-12 championship game left, Oregon has the toughest remaining games in the top 3.

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