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01/26/15 - Injury could keep Mariota from throwing at combine...Given the Heisman Trophy winner's incredible success at Oregon, Mariota's workout may not seem important to his final grade. Mariota completed a sparkling 66.75 percent of his passes over the past three seasons for the Ducks for 10,796 yards and threw 105 touchdowns against just 14 interceptions. The speedy 6-foot-4, 219-pounder also ran for another 2,237 yards and 29 scores, earning comparisons to San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick for his dazzling dual-threat capabilities. Few of the passes Mariota attempted at Oregon, however, translate directly to most NFL offenses and there are concerns that he will struggle with durability should he run often against NFL defenses.
Mariota is battling with Florida State's Jameis Winston to be the first quarterback selected. At this time, Winston has overtaken Mariota atop NFLDraftScout.com's board. While there are plenty of concerns about Winston off the field, his success in a pro style offense makes him an easier projection to the NFL. He is the more accurate passer from the pocket. A strong showing in Indianapolis with Mariota sidelined could give Winston momentum as the draft nears. Sources close to NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3-rated quarterback Brett Hundley suggest that the UCLA quarterback will fully participate at the combine. According to the staradvertiser.com report, Mariota has been training in San Diego with Kevin O'Connell and Ryan Flaherty of Prolific Athletes. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/26/15 - Injury could keep Mariota from throwing at combine...In recent years many of the top quarterbacks have elected not to throw at the annual scouting combine, opting instead to wait until their personal pro days. Marcus Mariota may not have a choice, as he's only now starting to throw again after suffering a sprain in the AC joint of his shoulder in the national championship game loss to Ohio State on Jan. 12. "Right now we're still making that decision, whether to throw at the combine. I had to kinda rest about a week-and-a-half," Mariota said, according to Honolulu's staradvertiser.com. "I sprained the AC [shoulder] joint. But now, I'm able to throw. Feels good." The combine this year will be held Feb. 17-23. Oregon's pro day will take place in March.
Mariota was in his native Hawaii this weekend to attend the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame enshrinement of Luther Elliss, Russ Francis, Jesse Sapolu, Ray Schoenke, Mosi Tatupu and Mark Tuinei. He and his family elected to attend the enshrinement rather than compete in the 2015 Senior Bowl -- a game the redshirt junior was eligible for because he had already graduated from Oregon. "I had an opportunity to go to the Senior Bowl," Mariota said. "But as a family we decided it was best to come here and be a part of this. Being able to meet all these men is pretty remarkable. They paved the way for me and Polynesian athletes everywhere. For us, it's really just saying, 'Thank you.'" - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/20/15 - The Senior Bowl isn't giving up on Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota playing. Executive director Phil Savage said Monday that "every indication has been that he has not been planning on coming." But he said that the Oregon quarterback hasn't signed with an agent. If Mariota decides to play in Saturday's showcase game for NFL teams, he would be a fourth quarterback on the North team. Savage joked that "our deadline is at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon" for Mariota to arrive. Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt is leading the North and has the second pick in the draft. Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston are regarded as the two top quarterback prospects available. Both left after their junior seasons, but Mariota is eligible for the Senior Bowl because he graduated. - AP Sports
01/14/15 - Mahalo Marcus. Mariota Headed to Draft... Oregon junior quarterback Marcus Mariota, winner of the Heisman Trophy for the 2014 season, has filed paperwork making himself eligible for the 2015 NFL draft, he announced Wednesday. "After meeting with my family I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility and apply for the 2015 NFL Draft," Mariota said. "My four years at the University of Oregon have been an awesome experience. I cannot thank Coach Kelly, Coach Helfrich, Coach Frost, the rest of the Oregon coaches and the support staff enough for molding me as a person, player and student-athlete. "The support I received from the University, the city of Eugene and Duck fans has been tremendous. I will always remember the great times and support I received. Once a Duck always a Duck. "I will miss being with my teammates. Being a part of this team was something special that I will always treasure."
Mariota was the consensus national player of the year in college football for 2014, and led the Ducks to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship game. He became just the second quarterback in school history to lead Oregon to three postseason wins, and was the first three-time first-team all-Pac-12 quarterback in conference history. "It's been an honor to watch Marcus develop over the last four years, and I'm excited to see what his future holds," UO coach Mark Helfrich said. "He's given this program everything we could have asked, and he'll be the standard by which others are judged. Mahalo." A three-year starter, Mariota led the Ducks to a 36-5 record, and set an NCAA record by passing for a touchdown in all 41 career starts. - Rob Moseley, GoDucks.com
01/14/15 - Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota has declared his eligibility for the NFL draft. The Ducks quarterback announced on Oregon's website on Wednesday that he would forgo his senior season. The school said he filed paperwork on Wednesday, a day before the NFL deadline. Mariota was the humble leader of Oregon's high-flying offense. The 13-2 Ducks defeated Florida State in the Rose Bowl in college football's first playoffs, but fell 42-20 to Ohio State in Monday night's national championship game. Mariota won every major award he qualified for, starting with the Heisman Trophy, as well as AP Player of the Year and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. He set a conference record for most touchdowns in a single season with 58. - AP Sports