Marcus Mariota Named Oregon Starter, According To Report

Oregon coach Chip Kelly has yet to officially announce the starter for his No. 4 Ducks, but redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota has beaten out sophomore Bryan Bennett for the job, reports the Oregonian's Aaron Fentress. Thursday's scrimmage made for the final showdown between the two, Fentress reports.

The two began scrapping for the job almost as soon as the 2011 season had concluded, with incumbent starter Darron Thomas declaring for the NFL Draft out of nowhere.


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Mariota won over the fan base with an excellent performance in the spring game, and evidently backed it up with solid work in fall camp. Bennett is the more experienced of the two (obviously), having relieved Thomas in 2011 and performed very well in doing so.

Oregon opens its season against Arkansas State next week, meaning we'll probably get to see a whole lot of Mariota early on, as both teams will run fast-paced offenses. A big Ducks lead could mean a good bit of action for Bennett as well, however.

For more on Ducks football, visit Oregon blog Addicted To Quack, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes.

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