With the departure of Bryan Bennett, Oregon's No. 2 quarterback in 2012, it begs the question: Who will win the competition to take over Bennett's position as starter Marcus Mariota's backup this year?
If this photo of Mariota on the ground during January's Fiesta Bowl gives you the heebie-jeebies, there is a good reason for that. Quarterbacks are always at risk in Oregon's spread option offense, especially a QB with the running skills of Mariota.
As Coach Mark Helfrich said in an interview with Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian:
"As we've seen here, almost without exception—knock on wood—you need more than one quarterback."
Let's discuss and compare the two scholarship quarterbacks who would step in if—knock on wood (you aren't superstitious, are you? No, it doesn't count if you always wear your lucky 'O' earrings to games; that's just being prudent)—Mariota were to go down at any point in the 2013 season.