Last week the player focus was on the defense so it seems appropriate to alternate. This week’s Duck football player profile at AutzenZoo.com will take a look at back-up quarterback Bryan Bennett. This redshirt freshman from Encino, CA didn’t waste time becoming the Ducks’ number 2 man following Nate Costa’s season-ending injury last year against Washington. In 2010 he was a member of the travel squad for the entire season. This season Bennett will have some serious work ahead of him. Oregon’s offense is not easy and it is not slow, but Bennett seems to be a fit for the program. He made an early impression on the coaching staff coming in last year,
“Bryan understands the learning curve a little bit and has a pretty good grasp of what we’re doing,” UO coach Chip Kelly said. “We’re just trying to see where he is and how he fits. We’re trying to get him some reps early and see how this thing shakes out. I’ve been really impressed with him so far. It’s how many reps can we get him, so he gets up to speed.”
Before joining the Ducks, Bennett played quarterback and defensive back in the Serra League for Crespi High School. He played for head coach Jeremiah Ross. He racked up quite a few honors during his time there including, Serra League first-team quarterback, L.A. Times Top Ten High School Quarterback in the Southland nominee, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 selection, named a Prepstar Magazine All-American, selected as the MVP among quarterbacks at the Scout Combine in Los Angeles prior to his senior year and was Team captain. Coming into Oregon he was rated a four-star recruit and Number 10 quarterback in the country by Scout.com.
Bennett will continue to grow within the Oregon program and we will all be anxious to see what he can do for the Ducks in the years to come.