Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 8/30/12
Forget any high-ranking recruit that may come to Eugene next February. On Tuesday night, the Ducks received the best player-related news that they could have. Bryan Bennett, the sophomore quarterback, was staying at Oregon. Bennett, who on Friday learned that Marcus Mariota would be the starter opening night against Arkansas State, was set to leave the school. He shook his teammate's hands. He said goodbye to the trainers. In a sense, he was as good as gone. One meeting with coach Chip Kelly later, and everything changed. "I just needed to talk to coach Kelly; we just needed to get on the same page, and that's what happened," Said Bennett. Had Bennett decided to leave the school, Oregon would be one injury to Mariota away from turning to either Dustin Haines, a walk-on Junior, or Jake Rodrigues and Jake Lockie, two true freshmen who have never seen live game action. Bennett, a 4-star recruit out of Crespi High in Encino, California, figured to be the leader of the quarterback c...
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