Oregon's new backup QB is a frosh

It appears that Oregon's new backup quarterback behind Darron Thomas is true freshman Bryan Bennett, according to a Monday practice report from Rob Moseley.

Official news is expected this afternoon on senior Nate Costa's knee, which he injured in the Ducks victory over Washington.

Costa, you might recall, is a fifth-year senior who battled back from multiple knee operations and lost a close competition to Thomas for the starting job in preseason camp.

Bennett has been impressive since he arrived, but the Ducks would prefer to redshirt him. You'd think he'd only play if Thomas gets hurt -- i.e., not in fourth-quarter mop-up duty. Redshirt freshman Daryle Hawkins, who has been working as a running back and wide receiver, is now the No. 3 QB.

Top-ranked Oregon is at California on Saturday.