Oregon vs Washington: Updating the Ducks' Quarterback Situation

Colby Lanham@Colby1226Correspondent INovember 5, 2011

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 06:  Darron Thomas #5 of the Oregon Ducks throws the ball against the California Golden Bears on October 6, 2011 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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After an opening season defeat against the LSU Tigers that would jump their season, the Oregon Ducks have also been on a roll of their own and on a winning streak since that fateful loss in Week 1 against the Tigers.

The Ducks have also shown their ability to play through adversity, having sustained injuries through both starting running back LaMichael James and starting quarterback Darron Thomas.  And yet, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has put together a team that can still put up points without some of its best starters and still find ways to win. This was especially evident in the case of Darron Thomas, who was benched last week in favor of Bryan Bennett, as he was trying to come back from his knee injury.

Bennett was productive last week. He has proved that he was a capable backup and a serviceable starter when Thomas was unable to go against a potentially dangerous Pac-12 opponent in Washington.

So far, while there have been small rumors of a quarterback controversy, the Ducks would likely be in a better position if Thomas is able to stay healthy and play the entire game against the Huskies, unlike last week when Thomas was benched in the second half in favor of Bennett.

Thomas appears to be ready and should get the nod from head coach Chip Kelly and the coaching staff to lead the Ducks past the Washington Huskies and set the stage for a prime-time showdown against the Stanford Cardinal. It is a game that could determine the winner of the Pac-12 North Division. If he cannot seem to get the Ducks' high-powered spread offense in motion, backup quarterback Bryan Bennett will be ready to step in at a moment's notice.