News that Bryan Bennett decided to stay at Oregon swept through media outlets Saturday and Duck fans should feel fortunate that it appears as though we are going to keep a vital piece of the Oregon offense. Early reports seem to suggest that Bennett may not be a quarterback any longer, but might try out his talents on defense or wide receiver. This would make sense due to the fact that the Ducks hosted junior college quarterback, Tanner McEvoy, out of Arizona Western Community College this weekend. While Bryan Bennett didn’t make a decision on his return until McEvoy was already on campus, the fact that Tanner was still offered while in Eugene seems to suggest depth at quarterback is an issue in the eyes of the coaches.
All of this is speculation at this point – no official word has come from Bennett and no official statement has been issued by the University of Oregon.
With Bryan Bennett apparently staying, and two redshirt freshman quarterbacks on the roster, one must entertain the idea that Bennett could be on the field in a different position next fall.
If Bryan indeed expressed interest in a position change to the coaches, initial instinct would be to switch him to wide receiver. He already knows the offense and would simply need to learn the routes. However, safety is a relatively young position on the Oregon roster and youthful receivers like Eric Dungy, BJ Kelly and Bralon Addison showed much promise this year. Safety is a position of intrigue in the Bryan Bennett saga because of a serious lack of depth and experience. Avery Patterson is out until at least spring with a knee injury. And while Erick Dargan and Brian Jackson showed they both have the skill and understanding to continue their starting safety roles, there are no players with significant experience who garner a guaranteed backup role.
It appears as though Bryan Bennett will be an Oregon Duck this fall, but where Bryan will play is anyone’s guess.