The battle to replace quarterback Darron Thomas at Oregon should come down to Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota, according to cbssports.com columnist Bruce Feldman. Bennett filled in for Thomas last year and picked up a devoted following, while Mariota is far more of an unknown.
With so many key offensive components leaving after the 2011 season, the Oregon offense is certainly in a state of redevelopment. Bennett had some magical moments a year ago, but coach Chip Kelly has said all along the job is wide open and Mariota will have his chance to make his case. Given Oregon's offensive potential each year, the winner of this quarterback battle will be a very productive player.