Duck Football: Bennett weighs options, decides to stay

Duck Football: Bennett weighs options, decides to stay
Bryan Bennett

UPDATE: Bryan Bennett confirmed to KVAL News on Wednesday he plans to remain a Duck.

EUGENE, Ore. - The day after Chip Kelly announced that redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota would be the starting quarterback for Oregon's season opener versus Arkansas State, sophomore Bryan Bennett said all the right things--but definitely sounded discouraged.

"I still have to do what I think is best for myself," said Bennett.  "But as for right now, like I said, I want to be here and I want to be on this team."

Reading between the lines, it sounded as if Bennett was less than thrilled with Kelly's decision. On Tuesday, we got confirmation of that, as Bennett told reporters he was 'going to talk to Chip' following practice.  What followed was the media waiting approximately six hours outside the Casanova Center to talk to the sophomore from Encino, California, only to have Bennett never materialize.

When Kelly left the building for his run, he was asked if he had spoken with Bennett.

"I sure did," the coach replied while accelerating away from the half-dozen media members still waiting for some definitive word on the quarterback.

Several on-line reports had differing stories about whether Bennett had practiced on Tuesday, and some cited sources that stated Bennett was as good as gone. 

Tuesday evening, Bennett was reported to have given leaving Oregon a second thought, and was indicating he was staying.

If Bennett were to transfer, that leaves the Ducks with literally no game experience at the QB position. Former South Eugene quarterback Dustin Haines--a junior who is a walk on--has been around the longest, but the others are freshmen Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodrigues.