Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 6/27/13
Depth at QB Now that the Oregon Ducks can officially forget about NCAA infractions, it’s time to focus once again on how the team will do once it finally hits the field. Entering the 2012 college football season, the Ducks made the bold move to start Marcus Mariota at quarterback over the more experienced Bryan Bennett. The move paid off in a big way, as Mariota became a Heisman hopeful in just one season under center. Now, with Bennett having transferred to Southeastern Louisiana, the question has become: who will back up Mariota in 2013? Mariota has the field vision and the ability to stay out of harm’s way, but the Ducks’ zone-read system doesn’t always allow it. A competent backup is going to be necessary, and there are two solid players ready to step up and claim the job. Jake Rodrigues The most-likely candidate to nab the No. 2 spot behind Mariota is Jake Rodrigues. The redshirt freshman out of Northern California has a lot going for him. He was a four-star recruit according t...
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