Data Scout Notes: 2013: 1stC/DS Rating on 12-03-13: #1 rSo QB, #2 2014 Draft Eligible QB, #3/1000 Overall...PWCamp/POBrien/PMaxwell/PManning/TSXPMVP/TSX-PTW...2012: OROYC/1stC/ManningFinalist...#9FrQB in 2011
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12/03/13 - Mariota and Grasu Returning to Ducks in 2014...Quarterback Marcus Mariota and center Hroniss Grasu will return to the University of Oregon for the 2014 season. Mariota, a redshirt sophomore from Honolulu, and Grasu, a redshirt junior from Los Angeles, announced their intentions a day after earning all-Pac-12 accolades from the conference’s head coaches for the second straight year. “It is an honor to be a student at the University of Oregon and to have the opportunity to represent our institution on the football field alongside my teammates,” said Mariota. “I look forward to earning my degree next year and to the rest of my career at this great University.”
Mariota, who has claimed a share of Oregon’s Most Outstanding Player honors in each of his first two seasons, completed 227 of 360 passes (63.1%) for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns as a sophomore, with his 3,994 yards of total offense setting a single-season school record. The 2012 Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, Mariota has started all 25 games for the Ducks in his two seasons and is currently the conference’s career leader in pass efficiency rating at 165.67. He is the only quarterback from a BCS AQ conference team to pass for at least 30 touchdowns the past two years and his current streak of 25 straight games with at least one touchdown pass is the third-longest in the nation. - Oregon football
12/03/13 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon (2)...Mariota, who has claimed a share of Oregon’s Most Outstanding Player honors in each of his first two seasons, completed 227 of 360 passes (631%) for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns as a sophomore, with his 3,994 yards of total offense setting a single-season school record. The mark surpassed Akili Smith’s previous record of 3,947 yards accumulated in 1998.
The Honolulu, Hawaii native’s 2013 output also ranks second on the school’s single-season passing yards list as he ranks sixth in the country in passing efficiency, tied for sixth in total points responsible for (234) and ninth nationally in touchdown passes. - Oregon football
12/03/13 - Mariota returning to Oregon; will UCLA's Hundley follow suit?...Two of Oregon's top underclassmen announced Tuesday that they will be returning to Eugene for another season of college football. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota and redshirt junior center Hronnis Grassu made the joint announcement through the university. Mariota, a two-time All-Pac-12 pick after each of his two starting seasons with the Ducks, was viewed as a potential first-round pick. He completed 227 of 360 passes (63.1 percent) for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns as a sophomore, with his 3,994 yards of total offense setting a single-season school record.
Grassu, also recognized as an all-conference center for the second consecutive year, was regarded as one of the nation's best center prospects and a potential day two draft selection. Each possesses remarkable athleticism for their respective positions but struggled in high-profile matchups against physical opponents, most notably the Stanford Cardinal. After starring early in the year, Mariota, in particular, struggled down the stretch as a nagging knee injury robbed him of his mobility and exposed his inconsistent accuracy.
Mariota's decision could have a ripple effect on other underclassmen quarterbacks considering an early jump to the NFL. Fellow redshirt sophomore quarterbacks Brett Hundley (UCLA) and Kevin Hogan (Stanford) are also highly regarded in the scouting community. When put on the spot on national television by head coach Jim Mora following the Bruins' impressive win over USC last weekend, Hundley refused to commit to returning for another season at the collegiate level. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/29/13 - Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh Huff with 29 seconds remaining as the No. 12 Ducks survived a scare to defeat the Oregon State Beavers 36-35 on Saturday night at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks trailed 35-30 in the final two minutes before rallying to beat the Beavers for the sixth straight season. Oregon kept alive its slim hopes of reaching a BCS bowl by finishing the regular season at 10-2, including a 7-2 mark in Pac-12 play. Oregon State took a 35-30 lead when receiver Victor Bolden ran 25 yards for a touchdown with 1:38 remaining.
The Ducks used nine plays to drive 83 yards for the answer before Mariota found Huff in the end zone for the game-winning pass. Huff had nine catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns while Mariota threw for 285 yards and three scores. Oregon went ahead 30-29 when Mariota threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Huff with 7:56 left in the game. The Ducks went for a two-point conversion, but Mariota threw an incomplete pass. Oregon State went into the lead earlier in the quarter at 29-24 lead when Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to receiver Tyler Anderson with 11:05 remaining in the game. - The Sports Xchange
11/21/13 - WEEK 12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Marcus Mariota, Oregon, threw for 288 yards and three TDs to help the sixth-ranked Ducks rebound from last week's loss to Stanford with a 44-21 victory over Utah. - AP Sports