Nov 12, 2011; Stanford CA, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Bryan Bennett (2) warms up before the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Oregon defeated Stanford 53-30. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Mariota Glows Over Bennett in Spring Game


Bryan Bennett is the expected starter for the upcoming season without watching any of the other quarterbacks. A mystery man came into the picture and completely wiped that thought away in today’s Oregon spring game.

Marcus Mariota dazzled in a 24-minute showcase, collecting 300 yards of offense and three touchdowns. He blew away Bennett, his opposition on the other side, who made a few interceptions and gave away a fumble early to give him all the potential.

Mariota threw for 202 yards in the air, completing 18 of 26 passes, completing a touchdown, and making one mistake late in the second quarter. Perhaps it was overconfidence being a lazy pass. On the ground, he had 99 yards and two touchdowns, highlighted by an 83-yard dash to the endzone.

Nearly all the throws were on target. He seemed to gel with the no-huddle offense, looking very comfortable. The line also did a fantastic job in blocking for him as he didn’t really feel much pressure all game. It’s also a question to how hard they were actually playing in a scrimmage, but Bennett felt some pressure and he didn’t really seem to find a rhythm.

It was spectacular to see, and it will definitely add fuel to a huge quarterback discussion as the spring practices are closed off to the public. Is this what we can expect from Mariota, or is this one of those glorified one-time events in a scrimmage that we are taking too seriously?

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