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Marcus Mariota | Quarterback

Team: Oregon Ducks
Age / DOB:  (20) / 10/30/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 219

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Recent News ranks Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota as the second-best player in college football.
"Were it not for a knee injury, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota might have been toting around the Heisman Trophy heading into this season instead of Jameis Winston," the site noted. "A frequent comparison for him is Colin Kaepernick, but Mariota is a more polished passer than he's given credit for and has a strong enough arm to make all the throws." The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Mariota was recently named Rob Rang's No. 1 overall prospect. "He's still very raw, but he's a playmaking machine. He is often the fastest player on the field," Daniel Jeremiah said. Added Charles Davis: "Has added weight, strength with no loss of his blazing 4.4 speed." Gil Brandt says Mariota has "all the tools," and Bucky Brooks says it's "hard to find a more impressive playmaker in the college game." Aug 25 - 7:57 PM

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Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota checks in as Todd McShay's No.1 overall prospect.

"He is a dynamic athlete who puts stress on a defense with his mobility both as a runner and a thrower," McShay wrote. "He has above-average elusiveness and rare straight-line speed, reminding of Colin Kaepernick with his long stride. Mariota has a quick, compact, over-the-shoulder release with well-above-average arm strength, so he can make all the NFL throws." The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Mariota was recently named Rob Rang's No. 1 overall prospect, and went No. 1 in Dane Brugler's newest mock draft. "While he needs to become more consistently accurate, he has made big improvements in that department since showing up on campus in Eugene," McShay wrote. "Continued progress with his footwork and balance will be important for scouts to see in 2014. And yes, Mariota benefits from the Ducks' up-tempo spread offense, which simplifies reads and creates bigger throwing windows, but he still rates very highly in terms of his decision-making."
Aug 23 - 11:09 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that, like 2014 No.1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "is blessed with rare athletic tools for his position," and has named him his No.1 rated prospect.

The 6-foot-4, 219 pound Mariota "has a strong, accurate arm and staggering straight-line speed, and possesses "good awareness and instincts for the position," according to Rang. While Mariota is blessed with rare athleticism, his pocket patience and poise is one aspect to his game that is underappreciated. The Duck's dual-threat QB has the ability to win inside and outside of the pocket, which could help him on his journey to being selected as the No. 1 overall pick.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 11:20 AM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota went No. 1 to the Raiders in Dane Brugler's newest mock draft.

"Yes, the Raiders drafted Derek Carr in the second round in May, but if Oakland is picking No. 1 overall in 2015, that probably means the Raiders will have a new general manager, head coach and braintrust in the front office, which puts Mariota in play," Brugler wrote. "The Oregon passer has all the tools, physically and mentally, that NFL teams are searching for at the position." Brugler slotted USC DL Leonard Williams to the Vikings at No. 2, followed, in order, by Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi to the Browns, Florida State QB Jameis Winston to the Texans, and Nebraska DE Randy Gregory to the Jags.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 10:56 PM

Oregon will pay for the injury insurance policies of QB Marcus Mariota, C Hroniss Grasu, CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and DE Arik Armstead.

"The families of quarterback Marcus Mariota, center Hroniss Grasu, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and defensive end Arik Armstead purchased policies this past offseason under the NCAA's 'exceptional student-athlete disability insurance' rule," the Ducks football program said in a statement. "The athletic department will reimburse them for out-of-pocket expenses related to the policies, after Texas A&M and Florida State took the previously unprecedented step of doing so for football players earlier this year."'s Jeremy Fowler reported earlier this week that the Ducks would not be paying for the insurance policies, so this is a reverse in course. The Ducks said they "had been operating with the understanding that paying insurance premiums would violate NCAA rules, based on previous inquiries."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 12:38 AM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota will "eventually have to prove he can thrive in a pro-style offense and work from under center."

"He'll also eventually have to prove he can thrive in a pro-style offense and work from under center -- I don't think he'll get the opportunity to do that much during the season because Oregon's offensive system doesn't call for it," Davis wrote. Working under center, is something the Heisman candidate plans to adjust as he gets his game ready for the NFL. In his time in Eugene, Mariota has run an Oregon offense that uses shotgun snaps almost exclusively.
Aug 8 - 1:26 PM

Los Angeles is "looking like a solid front-runner" for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to's Gil Brandt.

Brandt is very connected to the actual event and helps them decide which prospects should be invited to attend every year. The league has previously stated the event will be held in either Chicago or L.A. in 2015, and some have even speculated the draft could be split into two cities and extended another day, totaling four.
Aug 1 - 5:06 PM

Grantland's Robert Mays believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "needs to show improvement as a dropback passer."

When discussing the decision teams will have between Mariota and Jameis Winston, Mays writes "it really depends on what you’re looking for... Mariota is a dual threat, closer to Colin Kaepernick — less polished, but possibly more terrifying." In the past, Oregon quarterbacks have been runners first and lacked awareness in the pocket. We think pocket patience and poise are the most underappreciated aspects to Mariota's game. He wins inside and outside of the pocket.
Source: Grantland
Jul 31 - 1:12 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota will be eligible for the 2015 Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl's twitter account proclaimed as much. Mariota is two credits shy of graduating, and is taking golf and yoga to complete his General Science degree this fall. The NFL has seemingly rewarded quarterbacks that attend the Senior Bowl in recent years (EJ Manuel over Geno Smith, Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo and Logan Thomas over Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron), but it is possible their evals could have been better regardless. The event is the first time for position coaches to get a look at that year's draft prospects.
Jul 29 - 1:47 PM

A film study by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline confirmed in his mind that Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota would have been the first QB taken in the 2014 draft.

"Mariota is an exciting prospect in every way; physically, intellectually, instinctively," Pauline wrote. "I’m told one of the primary reasons Maroita stayed for another college season was his age; he would’ve been a 20 year old rookie if he entered the draft and the feeling in his inner circle was that’s too young for a signal caller in the NFL." Another reason he reportedly stayed was his lithe frame. Mariota has labored to add 40 pounds and still clocks a 4.45 forty. He's the early favorite to go No. 1 in the 2015 draft.
Jul 27 - 9:58 PM

Oregon HC Mark Helfrich praised redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota's practice habits.

"He cares more about practice rep 13, period 12 than any guy I've been around," Helfrich said. Mariota has been described as a quiet leader in the past, but he really is the face of Oregon football at the moment. The quarterback is a great talent and enters the season as 2014/2015's top prospect. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman notes Mariota added 40 pounds and clocks around a 4.45 forty.
Jul 24 - 9:52 AM

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the 2015 NFL Draft will be held in Los Angeles or Chicago.

"We’re focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now," Goodell said Thursday. "I believe the decision will come in late summer, but we’re not going to be bound by that." The commissioner added the NFL is still considering expanding the draft from three to four days. Previous reports suggested different days of the event could be held in different locations.
Source: LA Times
Jul 18 - 10:55 AM

While spending the weekend at the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy, Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota said he's learned "a lot of under-center stuff" from the Manning brothers.

"They've taught me a lot of under-center stuff, and making sure my base is my foundation," Mariota said. "They've helped me understand that I have to throw with my feet, and that will help me a lot with accuracy and different things like that. Hopefully I can apply that." Working under center, is something the Heisman candidate plans to adjust, as he gets his game ready for the NFL. In his time in Eugene, Mariota has run an Oregon offense that uses shotgun snaps almost exclusively.
Jul 11 - 5:08 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota and USC junior DL Leonard Williams "are in a tier of their own" among Pac-12 prospects.

After these two, Weidl lists Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and UCLA redshirt junior quarterback Brett Hundley at No. 3, 4 and 5 respectively. We would agree, as Mariota enters the season as the top quarterback prospect with Williams as a possible top ten selection.
Jul 8 - 11:35 AM

ESPN's Phil Steele named Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota the No. 1 preseason Heisman contender.

Steele ranked him one slot above defending Heisman winner Jameis Winston of Florida State. "Mariota became the first Oregon quarterback to top 4,000 yards of total offense (4,380) while accounting for 40 total touchdowns and just four interceptions," Steele wrote of the QB's 2013 campaign. "He accomplished this despite wearing a knee brace for much of the second half of the season, which limited his mobility. With added rest for the bowl game against Texas, he ran for a season-high 133 yards. Now 100 percent healthy, he has a solid shot to top last year's remarkable statistical totals while leading a Ducks team that figures to play a huge role in the first College Football Playoff." Mariota is an early favorite to go No. 1 in the 2015 draft.
Jun 28 - 4:14 PM