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Marcus Mariota, QB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 222 lbs.
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2014 Season
The most decorated player in school history has led Oregon to more wins (35) than any of his contemporaries in three seasons while holding no fewer than seven of the program's season and career passing pinnacles, and eclipsing conference standards ... The Ducks' first Heisman Trophy winner ever and the first from the state of Hawai'i became Oregon's second unanimous first-team All-American of all time, with his accolades including player of the year by the Associated Press, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, and the Maxwell Award ... Also bestowed with the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards as the nation's top collegiate quarterback ... Accounted for a minimum of three touchdowns in 12 of 13 games and four scores 10 times, throwing for four touchdowns and running for two others in the regular-season finale at Oregon State before tossing a pair of scores and running for a collegiate-best three TDs in the Pac-12 Championship Game against Arizona ... Opened the season with a trio of touchdown tosses and a fourth on the ground in the opener vs. South Dakota before duplicating the feats at Utah and against Colorado ... Also ran for a pair of touchdowns and throwing two into the end zone against Wyoming, UCLA, and Stanford.First completed a season-best five scoring aerials at Washington State while completing 21 of 25 passes for 329 yards, and added five TD tosses at California ... Included were 14 completions in 15 second-half attempts in Pullman, Wash ... Finished his day in his second Arizona meeting by completing his final 11 attempts before exiting the contest following three plays into the fourth quarter ... Also finished with a trio of touchdown passes in the win over Michigan State ... Combined to complete 40-48 passes in a two-game span against the Cougars and Wyoming (.833), with his 84-percent completion rate in Pullman marking his fourth career showing better than 80 percent and trailing only his 87 percent (20-23) at USC in 2012 ... Completed 17 of 28 passes (318 yards) against the Spartans to earn Walter Camp National FBS and Pac-12 Conference offensive player-of-the-week accolades ... Also claimed conference POW honors in consecutive weeks following winning performances against the Golden Bears and Cardinal ... Threw for a season-high 367 yards (19-25) vs. Arizona in Santa Clara while eclipsing 300 passing yards in his final three appearances ... Extended his string of games throwing at least one touchdown pass to all 39 games in which he has played ... Averaged 10.7-yard average (75 yds.) on the ground vs. UCLA while averaging 14.2 yards per carry (71 yards) against Wyoming ... Eclipsed the century mark in rushing for the first time his junior year with 114 yards in Salt Lake City - his fifth 100-yard rushing effort of his career ... Caught his second pass of his collegiate career - both resulting in touchdowns - with a 26-yard scoring catch vs. Arizona.Ran his string of pass attempts without an interception to 253 before succumbing to his first errant throw of the year vs. the Golden Bears, with the Pac-12 record-holder (353, 2012-13) the only player in league history to put together multiple interception-free sreaks of 200 attempts or more ... Became Oregon's career passing leader with his fourth 300-yard passing effort of the year vs. Cal, with his 10,125 all-time yards surpassing Bill Musgrave's (1987-90) 8,343 yards ... Owns the conference record for most touchdowns accounted for in a single season (53), breaking Matt Barkley's (USC) mark of 41 from 2011...Also became the sixth player in FBS history to pass for over 9,000 yards and run for over 2,000 yards (2,136) in a career ... The Hawaii native now owns school records for career total offense (12,261), passing yards (10,125), completions (729), touchdown passes (101), rushing yards by an Oregon quarterback (2,136), completion percentage (.666), total TDs (131), and total points accounted for (786).Became the 14th player in conference history to eclipse the 10,000-yard barrier in total offense, surpassing Matt Barkley's career standard in the Pac-12 title game, and is 13th in the league in passing yards (10,125) ... Leads the country in passing efficiency (186.3), quarterback rating (91.9), yards per pass attempt (10.17), and points responsible for (318), in addition to ranking third in passing TDs (38), fifth in total offense (342.5), fifth in completion percentage (68.3%), fifth in passing yards per completion (14.89), and seventh in passing yards (3,783) ... Completed requirements for his undergraduate degree in general science at the end of the Fall term (in less than four years) with a GPA of 3.22.
2013 Season
A finalist for the Manning Award, Oregon's offensive leader ranks seventh in the country in passing efficiency (167.7), completing 245-of-386 passes (65.8 percent) for 3,665 yards, good for second on the school's single-season passing yards list ... Nationally, tied for ninth in total points responsible for (240) and twelfth nationally in touchdown passes (31) ... A Heisman Trophy candidate, as well as a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (most outstanding player), the Davey O'Brien Award (national quarterback award) and Walter Camp Award (most outstanding player) ... Repeated as a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, making him Oregon's first two-time all-conference quarterback in 27 years (Chris Miller in 1985 and 86) ... Claimed a share of Oregon's Most Outstanding Player honors for a second year in a row, while also being named the program's most inspirational player in a vote of teammates ... Set a new single-season Oregon record with 4,380 yards of total offense, while ranking fourth on the school's all-time career record list for total offense with 7,809 yards ... Rushed 96 times for 715 yards and nine TDs ... Heading into bowl game, owns Oregon record for total TDs in a season with 39 (30 pass/9 rush) ... Broke Pac-12 and Oregon records for consecutive pass attempts without an interception in both a single season (285) and in a career (327).Extended his streak of tossing at least one touchdown pass in every game of his career, which is the third-longest active streak in the FBS ... Became the first Oregon player since 2005 (Paul Martinez) to be named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week for two consecutive weeks when he picked up the honor after the contests vs. Colorado and Washington ... Set a modern UO record with seven total touchdowns (5 passing, 2 rushing) during the win over the Buffaloes, surpassing the previous record of six scored ... Had one 400-yard passing game, and five games with at least 300 yards passing , including three in a row againts Colorado, Washington and Washington State ... Threw for a career-high 456 yards and four touchdowns while completing 23-of-33 passes against Tennessee ... Also ran for 27 yards against the Volunteers to finish with 483 yards of total offense, the second most in Oregon history ... Completed 16-of-27 passes for 355 yards at Colorado ... Followed with 366 yards and three TDs at Washington while completing 24-of-31 passes, before completing 23-of-32 passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns vs. WSU ... Rushed for more than 100 yards in the first two games of the season to become the first UO quarterback to rush for 100 or more yards in back-to-back games (113 yards and 2 TDs vs. Nicholls/122 yards and TD at Virginia) ... Heads into Alamo Bowl 53 yards shy of career rushing record at Oregon.
2012 Season
The honorable mention All-American and Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year became the league's first freshman quarterback to earn first-team all-league honors in 23 years... Started all 13 games during the year and had at least one passing touchdown in each, setting a conference freshman record for most TD passes in one season (32) ... Fell one scoring toss shy of equaling school's single-season pinnacle, yet accounted for 228 points (192 passing, 30 rushing, 6 receiving) to surpass previous Oregon best (216) and rank 14th nationally (17.54).The Pac-12 leader finished seventh in the country in passing efficiency (163.23) . . . Led the league in completion percentage (68.45), falling just short of the NCAA freshman record of 69.5 percent (Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, 2007) . . . Finished second on Oregon's single-season total offensive yards list (3,429) and ninth in passing yards (2,677) . . . The Ducks' second-leading rusher (752) also ran for more yards in one year than any other quarterback in school history, including a single-game best 135 yards at Arizona State, 96 yards at USC, 89 yards against Stanford and 85 yards at Oregon State.Completed 12 of 24 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 62 yards and one score on the ground in Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State ... Threw for four or more touchdowns four times, beginning with his winning effort against Tennessee Tech despite not playing past the opening drive of the second half . . . Became the first freshman signal-caller in school history to pass for more than 300 yards in a single game when he threw for 308 yards vs. the Golden Eagles the third week of the season . . . Enjoyed his best game throwing the football of his first campaign at California, completing a season-high 27 passes (34 attempts) for 377 yards while tying a school record with six TD passes.Added 42 yards on the ground vs. the Golden Bears to amass a first-year best 419 yards of total offense . . . Also accumulated 400 yards of total offense in a 62-51 win at USC, completing 20 of 23 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns ... Became the first Oregon quarterback in two years to eclipse the century mark in rushing.His 135 yards at Arizona State included an 86-yard scoring run -- the longest ever by an Oregon quarterback and the fifth-longest touchdown sprint in school history . . . Also became the first player since Joey Harrington in 2000 to run, pass and be on the receiving end of a TD pass in the same game in the win vs. the Sun Devils . . . Completed 18 of 22 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns in his collegiate debut in win over Arkansas State, culminating his first nine drives of his collegiate career with touchdowns (7 vs. Arkansas State, 2 vs. Fresno State).Encountered a stretch of 119 consecutive pass attempts without suffering an interception the second half of the season while throwing only one errant pass (compared with 17 touchdowns) spanning his last seven appearances (168 attempts).
2011 Season
Member of the travel squad as team's No. 3 quarterback.
High School
A four-star recruit according to 247Sports.com, garnered three stars from both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Rated the No. 6 recruiting prospect in the state of Hawaii and No. 12 overall quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com ... PrepStar Magazine All-West Region ... As a senior, threw for 2,597 yards on 165 of 255 passing (64.7%), including 32 touchdowns against only five interceptions ... Guided the Crusaders to an 11-1 record and a state title ... Also rushed the ball 60 times for 455 yards (7.6 yards per carry) and seven scores.Named Interscholastic League of Honolulu Offensive Player of the Year and All-ILH first team quarterback ... At the 2010 National Underclassman Combine, he was named quarterback MVP and won the camp's "Fastest Man" and "Combine King" awards ... Clocked 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NUC camp ... Played in the NUC All-World Gridiron Classic, a high school all-star bowl in Columbia, S.C.
Parents: Toa Mariota and Alana Deppe-Mariota. Family: One brother. High School: Saint Louis School (Darnell Arceneaux), 2011. Major: General Science.
Player News
05/05/2015 - Long search for quality QB might be over...The Tennessee Titans have been searching for a franchise quarterback for 10 years -- ever since they traded Steve McNair to Baltimore in 2005. For the third time in the first round, the Titans hope they found that man, as they selected Marcus Mariota with the second pick in the 2015 draft Thursday, right behind Tampa Bay's selection of Jameis Winston. The Titans fielded trade offers from a number of teams, but did not find an offers satisfactory enough to move them off of Mariota at No. 2. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt quickly said that Mariota moves to the top of the depth chart ahead of Zach Mettenberger. But first, of course, they will test his football acumen as he and Whisenhunt will have to find the right mix of the coach's vertical passing system against the spread offense Mariota operated at Oregon.

"You've got to push him," Whisenhunt said. "You've got to challenge him, but obviously there are some things he does well and we'll incorporate those into what we're doing. It's gonna be a little bit of blend, but he's a talented young man. He has a very good feel for the position and how to process those things, and we're excited to get a chance to work with him." Mariota, too, is eager to get started and find common ground within the Titans' offense. "For me, I'm gonna to my best to try and do some of everything. I'm gonna be the player that I've always been and do whatever is asked of me," Mariota said. "Coach Whisenhunt is going to have his offense and his complexities of his system and I'm gonna do my best to execute it. I won't change the type of player I am. Hopefully, we'll continue to find success and execute well." - The Sports Xchange


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