Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Redshirt Freshman Impresses

Darron Thomas is the quarterback, will be and should be the quarterback, but when Bryan Bennett starts warming up this fall, a buzz will be heard in Autzen.

Consider this excerpt from Rob Moseley's practice story today:

In a three-play sequence, Bennett completed a touchdown pass to Daryle Hawkins despite blanket coverage from Brian Jackson, found a wide-open Nick Cole after checking through his progression and then threw a pass away out the back of the end zone after finding nobody open. Three plays, three great decisions. Later in the drill he found Kenny Bassett up the sideline and Eric Dungy over the middle for touchdowns; there's no quarterback controversy at Oregon, but the Ducks sure have a good one as the backup to Thomas.

Veteran observers marvel at his talent and athletic ability.  When he enters a game for the first time, probably in the fourth quarter against Nevada, and then again in the third against Southwest Missouri State, a lot of people will be watching attentively.

It will be the most closely-watched and evaluated debut since a skinny freshman entered a 2008 game versus Boise State, and threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns in one quarter.

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