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.