Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Its that time of year again

Post football season, pre-summer camp, spring time practices.  The Oregon Ducks hold their annual spring football game this Saturday at 11 am.  This week will conclude 4 weeks of practices which have all been closed to the media.

The Ducks will have a lot of questions going into the 2012 season.

Between losing players to the NFL draft and graduation, the Ducks took some heavy hits.  

The biggest losses being Lamichael James, Darron Thomas and David Paulson on the offensive side of the ball.

The biggest question going into this year is by far “Who will be the starting QB”?

According to the Ducks roster, Oregon has four QB’s going into this season. They are Bryan Bennett, Jake Rodriquez, Marcus Mariota, and Dustin Haines.

These four players will be battling for the starting job this fall.

Let’s take a quick look at each player.

Jake Rodriquez is a highly touted 4 star recruit out of Rocklin, Ca.  As a senior in high school he threw for 26 TD’s and rushed for another 15.  He is 6′ 3″ and weighs in at 205 lbs.

Just from watching his youtube scouting videos he should fit quite nicely into Chip Kelly’s offense.

He has an accurate arm and does not hesitate to keep the ball and run.

Bryan Bennett, 6' 3" 199 lbs, is the early favorite for Ducks starting QB

The Freshman

Marcus Mariota is a redshirt freshman from Honolulu, Hawaii.  Before signing with Oregon he was ranked the 12th overall QB by rivals.com.  He is 6’4″ and weighs in at 196lbs.

Mariota redshirted last year and should have the early lead on the depth chart.  He has been practicing this offense for a full year and ran it in high school.

He is quick and has a good arm.

I am looking forward to seeing what he can do.

Dustin Haines is a Eugene local and played football for South Eugene Axemen.  In 2010 he was the primary play card holder that Oregon has become so famous for.

Does he have a legitimate shot for playing time at QB?

In 2011 he only attempted one pass and rushed for 7 yards.  I’d like to see him have some playing time Saturday for a solid evaluation of his skills.

My guess is he will be pretty far down the depth chart this year.

Bryan Bennett, 6′ 3″ 199 lbs, is the early favorite for being the starting QB.  When Darron got hurt last year he filled in quite nicely and led the Ducks to a win in Colorado over an over matched Buffalo team.

He is the only QB on this roster with any actual collegiate playing time, which makes me a little nervous.

In Colorado he threw for 156 yards and was 11 for 20 while rushing for 69 yards.  What I liked about Bennett was he protected the football and managed the game well.

Young QB’s like to turn over the Football.

With De’anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner in the backfield and lacking experienced QB play, Oregon will have to rely on the running game once again.

Can one of the young QB’s step up and lead Oregon to a 4th consecutive conference title and make another run for the BCS.

Many questions have to be answered first!


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