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Pro Football Focus tabbed redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota with Oregon's top offensive grade in their week two matchup against Michigan State.

In fact, Mariota was the only Oregon player who received a very positive grade, in this case of a 2.6. We should note, These grades are an opinion and an evaluation, but PFF does a great job of watching every play. Of the 2.6 grade, 1.2 was in the passing game and 1.3 as a runner. What is noteworthy is PFF only tabbed Mariota with two runs in the whole game. As our own Josh Norris has said, Mariota does not receive enough credit for how comfortable he is in the pocket and he uses athleticism as a passer, not just a runner.
Sep 19 - 2:49 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota fell to No. 3 in both recent mock drafts conducted by CBS Sports' Rob Rang and Dane Brugler.

"The Raiders and Jaguars are a combined 0-4 and have been outscored 125-54," Brugler wrote. "Investments last May in quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Derek Carr, however, could have the franchises looking strongly at some of the other elite prospects, namely Texas A&M left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi or the gifted defensive linemen from Southern Cal and Nebraska, respectively, Leonard Williams and Randy Gregory." The Bucs held the No. 3 pick in both mock drafts. "From a physical and mental standpoint, Mariota checks almost every box for NFL scouts and projects as a more refined, humbler version of Colin Kaepernick," Rang wrote. If the No. 1 pick is won by a team that doesn't need a quarterback, expect that team to auction off the right to select Mariota.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 18 - 6:49 PM

The MMQB's Greg A. Bedard believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota is a "far more advanced passer" than Colin Kaepernick.

Bedard introduces the Kaepernick analogy for Mariota, stating it is the best comparison since (simply put) the two could make similar plays with their feet. "But that’s where the comparison should end," Bedard concluded, adding that Mariota has terrific ball placement. Bedard notes Mariota might fall into the same category as Teddy Bridgewater, who was passed over by at least one team because they did not see "enough of a commanding persona... That’s the landscape Mariota will be wading into." We believe if a team passes over a quarterback prospect for a lesser talent just because the former lacks a fiery personality, they are making a mistake.
Source: The MMQB
Sep 17 - 9:00 AM

Oregon starting senior LT Jake Fisher's knee injury "isn't considered season-ending," reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

He suffered a sprained left knee on the opening drive in Saturday's win over Wyoming. "According to a source, he will be sidelined less than a month, which is good news for Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, who said that he hoped to get Fisher back 'pretty soon,'" Brugler wrote. "Fisher is expected to miss this weekend's game at Washington State, but the coaching staff is hopeful he will be back in the starting lineup for Arizona (October 2) or at UCLA (October 11). He is currently ranked as the No. 8 senior offensive tackle prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft and a possible top-100 pick."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 9:31 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota and junior DE Arik Armstead will both enter the draft after the season.

Both prospects purchased large disability insurance policies prior to the season, which the school ultimately covered. Mariota was always ticketed for the 2015 draft, so we'll instead focus on Armstead. The 6-foot-8, 280-pounder has basketball athleticism and light feet, meaning the mansion of his athletic potential doesn't have an easily perceivable ceiling. We're concerned, however, that he played so poorly as a true sophomore, once called basketball his "first love," and has been eying the 2015 draft for some time now. There are questions about Armstead that only his production can answer. "Armstead isn't as well-known nationally, but he leads the Ducks with 4.0 tackles for loss so far in 2014 and has the gifted skill-set that makes him a projected first round pick," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 6:39 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "checks almost every box for NFL scouts, and projects as a more refined, humbler version of Colin Kaepernick," landing with the Bucs at the No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft.

"From a physical and mental standpoint, Mariota checks almost every box for NFL scouts and projects as a more refined, humbler version of Colin Kaepernick," Brugler wrote. With both Josh McCown and Mike Glennon potentially not the answer in Tampa, the Bucs could be in the market for a new signal caller come next spring. Tampa has struggled to consistently push the ball on offense in 2014 and the 6-foot-4, 219 pound Mariota could be the answer. On Saturday, Mariota completed 19 of 23 attempts for 221 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 48-14 blowout win over Wyoming.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 15 - 2:53 PM

Oregon starting senior LT Jake Fisher was seen with crutches and a "large" knee brace following the school's win over Wyoming.

Fisher moved over to left tackle following Tyler Johnstone's injury, but went down early in this contest and was replaced by a walk-on. The injury was to Fisher's left knee, and hopefully these are only precautionary measures.
Sep 13 - 5:28 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota completed 19 of 23 attempts for 221 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 48-14 win over Wyoming.

Mariota added another two touchdowns along with 71 yards on the ground. Oregon was held scoreless for the first time in forever, but Mariota quickly corrected this outlier. In fact, the quarterback ran in a score on the first play of the second quarter, and his second rushing touchdown was even more impressive. On the rush, Mariota went air born for the score, just getting the ball over the pylon. The nation's top quarterback prospect gave way to Jeff Lockie in the fourth quarter.
Sep 13 - 5:07 PM

Oregon started true freshman Tyrell Crosby at RT against Wyoming.

Andre Yruretagoyena, a redshirt junior, had been the starting right tackle with Jake Fisher moving over to the left side, but he went down with an injury. Keeping a clean pocket is very important in Oregon's offense, as Marcus Mariota can be very effective there.
Sep 13 - 3:05 PM

Oregon starting senior LT Jake Fisher left Saturday's game against Wyoming after injuring his left leg.

Fisher was looked at by trainers on the field but was able to gingerly walk off. He was later spotted with an ice bag on his left knee, however some suggested the injury was to the ankle. Oregon has been dealt a slew of injuries at the tackle position, and are currently utilizing a walk-on and true freshman as book end starters. Fisher is a real NFL talent.
Sep 13 - 2:24 PM

Oregonlive.com reports that Oregon sophomore RB Thomas Tyner "expects to play" Saturday against Wyoming, after injuring his shoulder against Michigan State.

"I had a little problem with my shoulder, a stinger I guess," Tyner told Oregonlive.com. "I wasn't feeling too well so they held me out a little bit. I'm good." The 5-foot-11, 201 pound Tyner injured his shoulder, forcing him out of the game for the entire fourth quarter. The Ducks prospect should be a full go against Wyoming this weekend. This season, Tyner is averaging 12 carries and 48.5 yards rushing a game in Oregon's three-back rotation, showcasing True Freshman Royce Freeman and junior Byron Marshall.
Sep 12 - 3:44 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota's unique skill-set projects well to an NFL growing increasingly infatuated with dual-threat passers," and ranks him as his No.1 prospect.

"There is no question that Oregon's speed and scheme aid his production, but Mariota's unique skill-set projects well to an NFL growing increasingly infatuated with dual-threat passers," Rang wrote. The Oregon prospect had a tremendous day going up against one his "toughest challenges" of his career, and "his combination of poise, arm strength, accuracy and mobility led the Ducks coast to a 46-27 win," Rang notes. Rotoworld's Josh Norris also ranks Mariota No. 1 and believes the quarterback does not receive enough credit for how often he wins in the pocket.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 11 - 2:32 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper now ranks Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota as the No. 1 prospect on his board.

FSU's Jameis Winston, now No. 3, previously claimed the top spot. "He's simply a terrifying QB to defend because he combines above-average accuracy and anticipation with an ability to get through his progressions and elite athleticism," Kiper writes. Rotoworld's Josh Norris also ranks Mariota No. 1 and believes the quarterback does not receive enough credit for how often he wins in the pocket.
Source: ESPN
Sep 11 - 10:25 AM

Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu "lived up to his reputation as a premier cover corner" on Saturday against Michigan State, writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

According to Brooks, IEO was "not to be outdone" in the shadow of star QB Marcus Mariota's stellar performance. "Ekpre-Olomu lived up to his reputation as a premier cover corner by blanketing receivers on the edge and coming up with an acrobatic interception that showcased his remarkable instincts, awareness and ball skills," Brooks wrote. Brooks' colleague Daniel Jeremiah reported earlier on Tuesday that scouts measured Ekpre-Olomu at 5-foot-9 1/4 when visiting Oregon's campus. We don't believe that should affect his first-round stock.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 9 - 10:14 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "looked like a franchise quarterback directing the Ducks' fast-paced offense" on Saturday against Michigan State.

"He teased and tormented Spartans defenders with his explosive run-pass skills, yet looked composed and poised within the pocket," Brooks wrote. "This represents tremendous progress for a young quarterback who exhibited some jitters when confined to the pocket a season ago." You know that Mariota's performance -- 17-of-28 attempts for 318 yards and three touchdowns -- was vital to his draft stock. Brooks explains why: "When I started my career as a scout in 2000 with the Seattle Seahawks, I was advised by my college scouting director (Scot McCloughan, former San Francisco 49ers' general manager) to always watch blue-chip prospects play against elite competition. He told me that the true measure of a player's pro potential is revealed in those games because the intensity and talent resembles the competition that a player will face in the NFL."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 9 - 7:20 PM


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