A few days after being told he was Oregon's new second-string quarterback, sophomore Bryan Bennett considered transferring to another school, but will likely stay put in Eugene, according to The Oregonian.
A source told Rob Moseley of the Eugene Register-Guard that Bennett had elected to transfer, but a Tuesday afternoon meeting with head coach Chip Kelly apparently forced a change of heart.
It could be that Bennett saw the rashness in making a snap decision concerning his future with Oregon. After all, there's no guarantee that Mariota will succeed and the Ducks have the kind of scheme that can get a quarterback hurt in a flash, which means Bennett may yet get his shot. The athletic 6-3, 200-pounder threw for 369 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 200 yards in a reserve role for Oregon last season, so it's not like he's going to be permanently attached to the bench anyway.
Redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota was named Oregon's starting quarterback last Friday, causing Bennett to ponder his role with the Ducks. If he ultimately decides to transfer, it will leave Oregon with a pair of true freshmen--Jake Rodrigues and Jeff Lockie--plus walk-on Dustin Haines as Mariota's backups.
But even if Bennett stays, it may not quell the buzz that surrounds Mariota anytime soon. LaMichael James recently tweeted about Mariota: "He will possibly be the best quarterback ever to play at Oregon. He's the real deal."