Marcus Mariota

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Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota vs. USC.jpg
Mariota in 2012
Oregon DucksNo. 8
QuarterbackRedshirt Junior
Major: General Sciences
Date of birth: (1993-10-30) October 30, 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career history
High school: Honolulu (HI) Saint Louis
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
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Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota vs. USC.jpg
Mariota in 2012
Oregon DucksNo. 8
QuarterbackRedshirt Junior
Major: General Sciences
Date of birth: (1993-10-30) October 30, 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career history
High school: Honolulu (HI) Saint Louis
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota (born October 30, 1993) is an American football quarterback for the University of Oregon Ducks football team.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mariota is of Samoan descent. He was born in Honolulu to Toa Mariota and Alana Deppe-Mariota. He grew up idolizing the quarterback play of fellow Samoan Jeremiah Masoli, who was also a standout quarterback at the blue-collar, all-boys parochial St. Louis High and University of Oregon.[2]

High school career[edit]

Mariota was relatively unknown late in his high school career due to not starting until his senior season.[3] As a senior, he led St. Louis to an 11-1 record and the state title while being named PrepStar Magazine All-West Region and Interscholastic League of Honolulu Offensive Player of the Year.[4] Mariota threw for 2,597 yards on 165 of 225 passing attempts (64.7%), including 32 touchdowns against only five interceptions. He also rushed the ball 60 times for 455 yards (7.6 yards per carry) and 7 touchdowns.[5] Marcus was named to the NUC All World Game alongside 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.[6]

High School Awards & Honors

Mariota attended an Oregon football camp in the summer of 2010, which allowed Mark Helfrich, Oregon's then offensive coordinator, to be one of the first recruiters to discover Mariota.[7] After the camp, Helfrich visited Mariota in Hawaii to watch the somewhat unrecognized quarterback practice going into his senior season.[8] Helfrich called Chip Kelly during the visit and they made the decision to immediately offer Mariota a scholarship, despite never starting a varsity game.[9]

After his senior season, he was rated the No. 2 recruiting prospect in the state of Hawaii and No. 12 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by[10] He was recruited by Oregon, Hawaii, Memphis, Utah, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC but was only offered a scholarship by Memphis and Oregon.[11]

NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeight40Commit date
Marcus Mariota
Honolulu, HawaiiSaint Louis School6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)211 lb (96 kg)4.5Oct 30, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 71
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 24 (QB)   Rivals: 24 (QB)  ESPN: 71 (QB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

2012 Season[edit]

After redshirting the 2011 season, 2012 showcased Mariota as the first freshman to start a season opener for the Ducks in 22 seasons.[12] He led Oregon to a 12-1 record and the #2 final season ranking while being named Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team, Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year, and earning the 2013 Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP Award as he guided the Ducks to a 35-17 victory over #5 Kansas State.

Starting in all 13 games, Mariota threw for 2,677 yards on 230 of 336 passing attempts (68.5%), including 32 touchdowns against only 6 interceptions. He also rushed the ball 106 times for 752 yards (7.1 yards per carry) and 5 touchdowns. His athletic versatility was exhibited against Arizona State,[13] when he caught a touchdown pass, threw a touchdown pass, and then ran for an 86-yard touchdown, achieving all three scores with 12 minutes still left in first half.[14]

2013 Season[edit]

Mariota earned Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team honors for the second consecutive year[15] after setting a Pac-12 record from the end of the 2012 season into the 2013 season by attempting 353 passes without an interception.[16] Starting in all 13 games, he completed 245 of 386 passing attempts (63.5%) for 3,665 yards with 31 touchdowns and only four interceptions, while rushing for 715 yards (7.4 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns.

Mariota suffered a partial tear of the MCL against UCLA on October 26 but continued to play the remainder of the season.[17] After Oregon’s 8-0 start, Mariota was featured on the national cover of the November 4th, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated[18] as the favorite to win the Heisman trophy before the #2 ranked Ducks fell to #6 Stanford on November 7. Despite Oregon's 11-2 season record and top-ten ranking, Mariota’s sophomore season was considered a letdown after the Ducks failed to reach a BCS bowl birth for the first time since the 2008 season.[19]

After a loss to Arizona on Nov. 23, Oregon’s first loss to an unranked opponent since 2008,[20] Mariota and the Ducks bounced back to beat rival Oregon State 36-35 in the Civil War. Mariota threw a touchdown pass to Josh Huff with 29 seconds remaining to give Oregon the come from behind victory over the Beavers.[21]

Mariota guided the Ducks to their third consecutive bowl victory, beating Texas 30-7 in the 2013 Alamo Bowl while being honored as the game's Offensive MVP after rushing for 133 yards on 15 carries and finishing with 386 total yards. He finished the season with 4,380 yards of total offense, becoming the only player in Oregon history to eclipse 4,000 yards in a season.[22]

2014 Season[edit]

Prior to the Alamo Bowl on December 3, 2013, Mariota announced his decision to bypass the NFL Draft and return for the 2014 season.[23] Considered by many to be a Heisman Trophy favorite entering the 2014 season, Mariota was named to watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, and Davey O’Brien Award.


SeasonTeamW-LCompAttComp %YardsTDINTRATQBRAttYardsAvgTDRecYardsAvgTD

1 - NCAA Leader
2 - Pac-12 Leader
3 - NCAA Leader (QB)
4 - Pac-12 Leader (QB)

Awards & honors[edit]





Pacific-12 Conference



Mariota goes by several nicknames including Super Mariota and The Throwin Samoan.


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