Bryan Bennett: "My heart is with this team"

Bryan Bennett: "My heart is with this team"
January 12, 2013, 5:15 pm
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1/12/13  9:55pm Update:

Following reports that he will not be transferring, Bryan Bennett confirmed with Jordan Whitley for CSNNW.com the following regarding his status with the Oregon Football team.

It's official that I'm staying. My heart is with this team and with us competing to be the best football team in the country.

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Chip Kelly jumping ship for the NFL or to remain the Ducks head coach was the hottest news to take place in the Ducks offseason. Settling those reports and rumors to rest quickly, Chip Kelly will be back as the Oregon Ducks head coach next season, passing up multiple NFL opportunities.

While the NCAA violations, hearing lurk in the shadows until at least March 2013, the status of Oregon's back-up QB Bryan Bennett has been widely speculated and discussed. Saturday, a report from DuckTerritory indicated that the sophomore QB out Encino, California will remain with the Oregon Ducks.

In an exchange of messages with Bryan Bennett over the weekend, he informed me of intent to stick around the program for a while longer. How much longer remains to be seen.

"I'll be a Duckie for another spring at the very least," was the last in the exchange.

Bennett shined as back-up to Darron Thomas in 2011, playing in 8 games, starting 1 (against Colorado), throwing 6 touchdowns against 0 interceptions. Bennett was also the teams 6th leading rusher, with 200 yards on 23 carries.

Bennett lost in a hotly contested 23 practice try-out to redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota, who lit up the stat sheets as Oregon's starter, showing poise, speed, accuracy and intelligence. As Oregon's starter, Mariota completed 68.5% of his passes for 2677 yards, 32 Tds against 6 INTs, while rushing for 752 yards, running 5 Tds on his own.

Bennett saw time as Oregon's QB, late, in 9 games this season, passing 3 Tds aginst 3 INTs. Bennett also rushed for 165 yards and 6 Tds this season.

While the back-up QB has committed to the Ducks through the Spring, he still does have the option of transferring.

It was discussed that Bennett had contact with several schools about transferring, including mumblings that Cal Poly was interested in the California native.

Should Bennett decide to leave, Oregon's scholarship quarterbacks are Dustin Haines and a pair true freshman, Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodrigues. Tanner McEvoy, a dual-threat QB out of Oradell, NJ, is has reportedly taken his visit. This could have an impact on Bennett's decision post-spring, though the back-up QB may in fact be committed to the Ducks through spring in attempts of re-locating to a different position, such as DB, which he played in high school and was rumored to have practiced in this season.

Stay with CSNNW.com for more updates.