Data Scout Notes: 2014: DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang...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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06/20/14 - Oregon's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. QB Marcus Mariota, RS Junior...The Ducks' innovative offense simplifies QB decisions and this is roughly the same scheme Mariota played in high school. As such, some of the basics like taking the ball from under center and scanning downfield while dropping back are skills Mariota hasn't been asked to master yet. He's overly reliant (at this point) on his first read, occasionally commits the cardinal sin of throwing late across his body and wasn't a year ago when injury sapped him off his maneuverability and he was forced to throw from the pocket. These are coachable skills and given that Mariota is often lauded for his intelligence, humility and work ethic, scouts expect growth in these areas in 2014.
Mariota has a quick release and flashes deadly accuracy, including when on the move. He has a very strong arm and isn't afraid to make challenging throws through tight windows. He also shows good touch to loft passes over defenders down the seam or to backs and receivers on quick swing passes. He has good balance and agility to avoid pressure and keeps his eyes downfield rather than looking for an excuse to run. Like Kaepernick, Mariota puts extreme pressure on the defense because of his scrambling ability. He offers rare straight-line speed, making him a legitimate threat for a big play via his arms or legs on every snap. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
06/20/14 - Oregon's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. QB Marcus Mariota, RS Junior...Boasting a combination of size, speed and passing ability that has often earned comparisons to San Francisco's star quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Mariota enters his fourth season in Eugene as a Heisman Trophy favorite and arguably the elite NFL prospect in the country. He is my personal top-rated prospect entering the 2014 season. Perhaps surprisingly, Mariota turned down the chance to be a top five pick a year ago. Few prospects are willing to put off the glamor and riches of an NFL deal but Mariota will likely be better off with this decision as another season at the collegiate level gives him time to polish his game. He is blessed with extraordinary tools and his production thus far has been outstanding (63 touchdowns/10 interceptions at a 65.8 percent completion rate and another 1,467 yards on the ground with 14 scores over the past two years), but after only emerging as a starter as a senior in high school, Mariota remains very much a work in progress. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
06/05/14 - ROB RANG'S MAY 15, 2014 TOP 32 BIG BOARD: 1. Marcus Mariota, QB, 6-4, 212, rJr., Oregon: Say what you will about Jadeveon Clowney's elite talent, if Mariota had entered the 2014 draft he would have been the first overall pick. The Hawaii native is that kind of talent. Mariota has gained 20 pounds of muscle since signing with the Ducks, adding to his arm strength and retaining his remarkable speed. He's further along as a passer already than the player he's often compared to (San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick), and is only going to get better. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/30/13 - Quarterback Marcus Mariota had 386 total yards and No. 10 Oregon returned two interceptions for touchdowns, spoiling Texas coach Mack Brown's farewell with a runaway 30-7 victory in the Alamo Bowl on Monday night. The BCS-snubbed Ducks (11-2) dominated throughout even though their famously high-powered offense scored just one touchdown, when Josh Huff turned a short pass from Mariota into a spectacular 16-yard sprint to the end zone. Brown received warm goodbyes from a sellout crowd in what was practically a home game for Texas (8-5). Even the school marching band spelled his name at halftime.
But the blowout was a final reminder of why Brown is resigning after 16 seasons at Texas, which he led to a national championship in 2005 but couldn't reverse a sharp decline in recent years. Walking off the field for the last time, Brown flashed the "Hook 'em Horns" hand signal to the scattered remaining Texas fans who stuck around to the end of another humbling loss this season. Mariota led all rushers with 133 yards on 15 carries, making sure Oregon eased the sting of not playing in a BCS bowl for the first time in five years. He was 18 of 26 for 253 yards passing in his Heisman Trophy campaign tuneup for 2014, having announced earlier this month that he was coming back for his junior season. - AP Sports
12/30/13 - Nick Aliotti's retirement party went better than the one for Mack Brown as 10th-ranked Oregon defeated Texas 30-7 Monday night in the Alamo Bowl. The Ducks stifled Texas' offense behind a defensive game plan devised by Aliotti, Oregon's longtime defensive coordinator who announced he would end his 37-year coaching career after the game. The Ducks even scored twice on defense to outscore the Texas offense. Oregon's win ruined the finale for Brown, who resigned after 16 seasons as head coach.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota got rid of the knee brace that slowed him down during the second half of the season and compiled 386 yards of total offense for the Ducks. He ran 15 times for 133 yards and completed 18-of-26 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Josh Huff set Oregon's single-season record for receiving yards after catching five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. Mariota threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Huff just before halftime to put Oregon ahead 20-7 at the break. - The Sports Xchange