Two weeks ago, Bryan Bennett had officially decided to stay in Eugene and was set to switch over to the defensive side of the ball. However, over the last few days he had a change of heart, prompting him to transfer. His new home, Southeastern Louisiana, is an FCS school in the Southland Conference, and this allows him to play right away and not sit out a year.
As the only backup quarterback with significant game experience, Bennett will be sorely missed by the Ducks. Freshmen Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodrigues will now battle it out for the number two spot on the depth chart.
An injury that slows starter Marcus Mariota for so much as part of the wrong game could put the Ducks in a challenging position with the lack of experience on the roster. Will Lockie or Rodrigues step up? Either or both are likely to be helped by getting some reps in the early season games. And it certainly can’t hurt to have the 2010 Footballscoop National QB Coach of the Year for your head coach.
As for Bennet, we saw at Oregon that he has the skill to succeed wherever he plays. Regardless of what happens next year, we wish Bennett the best of luck at Southeastern Louisiana and we will truly miss him.