Thursday, July 21, 2011

For a young quarterback, Bryan Bennett has had some vital experience

Bryan Bennett is Oregon's backup quarterback. He's never played a live down of college football, but he's one disastrous snap from being the starter on a national championship contender. For some guys, that would make them swallow hard every time Darron Thomas took a shot delivering the football.

But Bryan Bennett has some resources and experiences most young backups have never had. For one, he's a terrific fit for the Oregon spread offense, athletic at 6-2, 193 (his listed size at, probably a little more filled out than that by now) with good quickness and explosion, as witnessed by his 32.5-inch vertical leap, tops among the kickers and quarterbacks. Many folks think he's faster than Thomas, although in winter testing neither shined in raw foot-speed (Thomas, 4.93; Bennett 5.0). Watching practice it often looks like the young understudy gets around the corner a little quicker. No one can deny he throws a beautiful ball, with zip, accuracy, and the ability to hit the deep routes.

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