College football

Ducks' Bennett plans to transfer

Reserve quarterback Bryan Bennett plans to transfer from the University of Oregon, new head coach Mark Helfrich confirmed Tuesday.

The website DuckTerritory first reported the news Monday and said Bennett will enroll this week at Southeastern Louisiana, a Football Championship Subdivision school in the Southland Conference.

Bennett, a redshirt sophomore during the 2012 season, appeared in 10 games after losing out to Marcus Mariota for Oregon’s starting quarterback job. He completed 20 of 37 passes for 211 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions off the bench, and he ran 39 times for 165 yards and six touchdowns.

Bennett’s departure came one day after the Ducks announced that Helfrich, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, had been promoted to succeed Chip Kelly as head coach. Those developments seem to be unrelated, however; a UO team source said Monday that Bennett decided some time ago that he would leave the program.

Freshmen Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodrigues remain on the UO roster behind Mariota after redshirting last season, along with walk-on senior-to-be Dustin Haines. The Ducks also are recruiting a junior-college transfer at quarterback, Tanner McEvoy.

Because Southeastern Louisiana is an FCS program, Bennett will be immediately eligible to play this fall as a junior.

—From wire reports

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