Oregon Backup QB Bryan Bennett Will Reportedly Transfer

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2013

Oregon Ducks backup quarterback Bryan Bennett will reportedly transfer, according to Justin Hopkins of 247sports.com.

Breaking: Bryan Bennett will transfer from #Oregon oregon.247sports.com/Article/Bryan-… via @247sports #GoDucks

— Justin Hopkins (@JHopkins247) January 22, 2013

Bennett has also picked a new school already. According to Tom Fornelli of CBSSports.com, Bennett is headed to Southeast Louisiana of the FCS.

Bennett will attend classes at Southeast Louisiana starting on Tuesday, and he will not have to sit out a year since he moved down to the FCS level.

This news comes just one day after Oregon introduced former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich as its new head coach. Helfrich was hired after Chip Kelly left Oregon for the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday.

Helfrich has served as the Ducks' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the last four seasons, but he now has one less QB to work with.

Bennett, a 6'3", 199-pound sophomore, flirted with the idea of transferring in August after losing the starting quarterback job to redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota (h/t Adam Jude, The Oregonian). However, he opted to stay in Oregon as the Duck's' second-string quarterback.

In two seasons at Oregon, Bennett completed 45 of 83 passes for 580 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. He threw passes in six of Oregon's games this season.