Marcus Mariota

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Marcus Mariota

Mariota, playing against USC in 2012
Oregon DucksNo. 8
QuarterbackRedshirt Sophomore
Major: Human Physiology
Date of birth: (1993-10-30) October 30, 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)Weight: 211 lb (96 kg)
Career history
High school: Honolulu (HI) Saint Louis
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com
 
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Marcus Mariota

Mariota, playing against USC in 2012
Oregon DucksNo. 8
QuarterbackRedshirt Sophomore
Major: Human Physiology
Date of birth: (1993-10-30) October 30, 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)Weight: 211 lb (96 kg)
Career history
High school: Honolulu (HI) Saint Louis
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

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 Jeremiah Masoli, who was also a standout quarterback at St. Louis High and the 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 future Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.[6]

High School Awards & Honors

Recruitment
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 Rivals.com.[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
QB
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   ESPN grade: 71
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 24 (QB)   Rivals: 24 (QB)  ESPN: 71 (QB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

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 was named Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team 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 227 of 360 passing attempts (63.1%) for 3,412 yards with 30 touchdowns and only four interceptions, while rushing for 582 yards (7.2 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns.

The Ducks and Mariota appeared to be on their way to the BCS National Championship Game before he suffered a knee injury against UCLA on Oct. 26.[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 Nov. 7.[19] Despite their 10-2 regular 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.[20]

After a shocking loss to Arizona on Nov. 23, Oregon’s first loss to an unranked opponent since 2008,[21] 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.[22]

Statistics[edit]

PassingRushing
SeasonTeamGPCompAttComp %YardsTDINTRATAttYardsAvgTD
2012Oregon1323033668.52677326163.21067527.15
2013Oregon1222736063.13412304167.9815827.29
CareerOregon2545769665.760896210165.718713347.114

Awards & honors[edit]

2012

2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oregon, University of. "Marcus Mariota Bio". Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2012/08/oregon_ducks_quarterback_marcu.html
  3. ^ http://seattletimes.com/html/huskyfootball/2021994096_uwfootball09xml.html
  4. ^ http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205238133
  5. ^ Oregon, University of. "Marcus Mariota". Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "National Underclassmen - Football Combines - Football Recruiting - Football Camp & High School Football Showcase". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  7. ^ http://seattletimes.com/html/huskyfootball/2021994096_uwfootball09xml.html
  8. ^ http://blogs.kansas.com/kstated/2012/12/28/qa-with-oregon-quarterback-marcus-mariota/
  9. ^ http://blogs.kansas.com/kstated/2012/12/28/qa-with-oregon-quarterback-marcus-mariota/
  10. ^ http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Marcus-Mariota-109435
  11. ^ Sports, Yahoo!. "Marcus Mariota Recruiting". Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  12. ^ http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2012/12/ten_moments_that_shaped_the_du_4.html
  13. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/news/fast-striking-oregon-demolishes-arizona-062004057--ncaaf.html
  14. ^ http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=322920009
  15. ^ http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=209329750
  16. ^ http://www.latimes.com/la-sp-sn-marcus-mariota-oregon-20131123,0,2492688.story#axzz2n8GMYCDG
  17. ^ http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2013/11/oregon_football_ducks_quarterb_2.html
  18. ^ http://college-football.si.com/2013/10/30/oregon-ducks-marcus-mariota-sports-illustrated/
  19. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9946251/marcus-mariota-oregon-ducks-partial-sprain-left-mcl
  20. ^ http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2013/11/oregon_insider_ducks_mark_helf.html
  21. ^ http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2013/11/arizona_42_no_5_oregon_16_a_pu.html
  22. ^ http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2013/11/civil_war_the_ducks_win_a_game.html

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