A lot of people don’t realize just how important it is to have a solid second option at quarterback.
One need only look at the end of last season, when Nate Costa was lost to yet another knee injury. The Ducks coaching staff was much more conservative with Darron Thomas, since there was no viable option to turn to had he gone down.
Or in 2009, when the Texas Longhorns lost Heisman Trophy candidate Colt McCoy on the first drive of the national championship game, they were never the same offensively. Or that same season, when Sam Bradford went down against BYU in Oklahoma's first game of the season. Neither team was the same after.
My great fear is that, should a major injury arise, the season could slip just like 2007, when Dennis Dixon went down and the Ducks limped to the end of the season with three consecutive losses.
If something were to happen to the starter Thomas, hold your breath, folks. The Ducks would need to be ready to go with the next available guy. That looks like it'll be Bryan Bennett, who is the current second-string QB. It's vital that Bennett get as many reps as possible.
Without a solid second option, a season can spiral out of control very, very quickly.