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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12/30/13 - 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
12/19/13 - Mariota confirms he will return to Oregon...Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota confirmed he intends to return to the team for at least one more season after it was learned he had requested his grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. Oregon's senior associate athletic director, Craig Pintens, said Mariota requested the grade following the Ducks' victory over Oregon State on Nov. 29. Mariota told 750 The Game radio in Portland, "To clear any confusion, I'm very blessed and thankful to come back." The standout redshirt sophomore quarterback announced on Dec. 3 that he intended to return to the Ducks in 2013, but NFLDraftScout.com confirmed Wednesday that he had requested his evaluative grade from the Advisory Committee.
Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL Draft, and the Advisory Board is a free evaluative service regularly utilized by underclassmen to gauge where they may be drafted before making the decision to forgo eligibility. Mariota issued his statement intending to return to school without actually learning of his grade, which is expected to be a top 15 designation.
The strong-armed, highly athletic Mariota boasts a more exciting skill-set than any other quarterback potentially available in 2014, including Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated quarterback at this time. While Fresno State senior Derek Carr and Texas A&M redshirt sophomore Johnny Manziel - who has not stated his intentions yet - are also rated as top 12 prospects, Mariota was regularly among NFLDraftScout.com's top five eligible prospects for 2014 before announcing he would return to school. "Why wouldn't he want to look into (coming out this year)?" an NFL source told NFLDraftScout.com on the condition on anonymity. "(Mariota) could be the first quarterback drafted this year. That may not happen next year." - The Sports Xchange
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