Monday was the first practice of the season for the University of Oregon. There were still plenty of questions surrounding the quarterback controversy in Eugene, but very few answers were provided. Redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota and sophomore Bryan Bennett will compete for the starting spot over the next month. While both players bring a lot to the table, head coach Chip Kelly wants to get as much information on Bennett and Mariota before making a decision.
“I’ve got a lot of faith after seeing Bryan for a couple of years and Marcus for a full year now and both of those guys’ ability to play but until they actually get in a game, it’s always an interesting dynamic,” said Kelly.
“The competition will get us better. It’s going to push us to get even better,” said quarterback Marcus Mariota.
While both signal callers are unproven, Bennett does have at least some experience. He got the start in 2011 against Colorado when Darron Thomas was injured. While it may not seem like much, it does give the sophomore a mental edge.
“Just showing myself and everyone that I can compete at this level was something that I found last season,” said Bennett.
Kelly likely won’t make a decision on his starting quarterback until after fall camp has concluded. The Ducks’ head coach hasn’t ruled out the possibility that Bennett and Mariota could share snaps in games this season.