Report: Oregon Quarterback Bryan Bennett to Transfer

Nathan LoweryCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2013

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 1:  Quarterback Bryan Bennett #2 of the Oregon Ducks passes against the Arkansas State Red Wolves on September 1, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)
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Oregon quarterback Bryan Bennett has changed his mind and decided to transfer to another school.

According to 247Sports, Bennett has chosen to transfer to Southeast Louisiana.


Breaking: Bryan Bennett will transfer from #Oregon… via @247sports #GoDucks

— Justin Hopkins (@JHopkins247) January 22, 2013

According to Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports, Bennett visited Southeast Louisiana, an FCS program, over the weekend and will begin taking classes on Tuesday.

Last week we found out that Bennett had decided to remain a Duck and that he would not transfer to another school, but it appears that has changed.

Bennett’s career has been up in the air since losing the quarterback competition to redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota.

After losing to Mariota, Bennett had decided not to transfer and he made that same decision last week.

Bennett has made one career start for the Ducks. In 2011 he started against Colorado in place of Darron Thomas who sat out with a knee injury. In that lone start, Bennett went 11-for-20 for 156 yards and two touchdowns while also gaining 69 yards on the ground.

Bennett used up his redshirt season as a freshman in 2010, which explains his decision to transfer to an FCS school.

Bennett will be left with two season of eligibility to play for the Lions.

It is widely believed by many that Bennett could start at almost any FBS program across the country. However, NCAA transfer rules would force him to sit out a season, leaving him with only one season of eligibility remaining, so that explains his decision to go to an FCS school.

Bennett’s transfer leaves the Ducks without an experienced quarterback behind Mariota and paves the way for current freshmen Jake Rodrigues and Jeff Lockie to battle for the second spot on the depth chart.

Bennett's transfer could also be a result of the departure of Chip Kelly, which resulted in the recent promotion of offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Mark Helfrich to the position of head coach, although that has not been confirmed at this point.