EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Ducks opened camp Monday and as expected, the lingering quarterback questions took center stage.
Freshman Marcus Mariota and sophomore Bryan Bennett have 22 practices over the next three weeks to win the starting job for the Ducks’ season opener against Arkansas State on Sept. 1.
It’s a battle that began during the spring and carried over through voluntary workouts this summer.
Coming off a 12-2 season that ended with a Rose Bowl victory against Wisconsin, expectations are as high as they have ever been for Oregon, the three-time Pac-12 champions.
All eyes are on the two quarterbacks in line to replace Darron Thomas, who was 23-3 as a starter, with 5,910 career yards passing, 66 touchdowns and 17 interceptions before leaving early for the NFL draft.