Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/24/12
Beats out Bryan Bennett The quarterback battle at the Oregon Ducks football program has officially been decided. After the surprise departure of Darron Thomas to the NFL draft, Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota were left to compete for one of the top jobs in college football. The two competed through spring, summer, and fall camps and made the decision a tough one for Head Coach Chip Kelly. “I have a lot of faith after seeing Bryan for a couple years now, and Marcus for a full year now, and both those guys’ ability to play,” said Kelly when asked about the two quarterbacks at Oregon football’s annual media day. Heading into camp on what was apparently equal footing, Bennett and Mariota remained that way for most of the fall, with players and coaches heralding them as great leaders and athletes. The Ducks will be bringing in a new quarterback this time around. With ambiguity surrounding who would start for the Ducks against Arkansas State on September 1st, Chip Kelly and the coache...
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