Found September 09, 2013 on The Duck Stops Here:
PLAYERS: Marcus Mariota
TEAMS: Oregon Ducks
Chris Huston of has issued his Week 3 Heisman Watch, and Marcus Mariota is number one ahead of Braxton Miller, Tajh Boyd and Teddy Bridgewater. Huston is one of the foremost authorities on the award. He polls actual Heisman voters and considers statistical trends, the history of the trophy voting, and the schedule. About Mariota he says: It didn’t take long for Mariota to strike against Virginia, as he ripped off a 71-yard touchdown run on Oregon’s fifth play. So far this season he’s averaging a remarkable 26.1 yards per carry. It looks like he’s on his way to a special season (statistically speaking) and when you combine that possibility with Oregon’s status as the No. 2 team in the land, it makes Mariota the player with the best chance of winning the Heisman at this point. Season Stats: 26/49, 433 yards, 53.1%, 3 TDs, 0 Ints, 147.49 rating, 9 carries, 235 yards, 26.1 ypc, 3 TDs     Duck fans are noticeably frustrated by the sophomore quarterbacks unc...

Mariota 3rd in latest ESPN Heisman Index

A panel of sixteen experts from participate in a weekly Heisman Watch, and in their latest one, Marcus Mariota is third, with 36 total points and 4 first-place votes. Oregon running back/slot receiver De'Anthony Thomas is 13th, just behind Sammy Watkins and A.J. McCarron. Tajh Boyd tops the most recent poll. Teddy Bridgewater is second. The panel votes weekly. It includes...

Oregon Has Eliminated The Upset

Ask anyone - Oregon didn't play their best game Saturday afternoon. There were penalties, 11, which accounted for 119 negative yards. The Ducks were dismal on third down and worse on fourth down. There was a blocked extra point, and for all his brilliance, Marcus Mariota missed on half his pass attempts.  All these early-season miscues might have been a problem for ordinary...

2013 Race for the Heisman Week 2

Tajh Boyd (QB-Clemson) – With Clemson enjoying a 38-0 halftime lead over South Carolina State, Boyd did not play a single snap after the second quarter this past Saturday. Although his numbers for the first half of the game were rather pedestrian, the senior quarterback avoided 

Eyes on big prizes, Ducks have to keep De'Anthony Thomas and their running game operating at ...

De'Anthony Thomas is a great college football player, one of the most unique and exciting talents in the history of the game. Over his career he's averaged a touchdown every 8.5 times he touches the ball, and several of those have been of the "wow, what just happened!" variety. He stuns opposing crowds to silence. He can make an opposing tackler look silly in the...

No. 2 Oregon stomps Virginia, 59-10

De'Anthony Thomas ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran 71 yards for another score and No. 2 Oregon started fast and manhandled Virginia 59-10 Saturday. The Ducks (2-0), who gained a school-record 772 yards last week in beating Nicholls State, looked capable of doing it again against a Virginia defense that hoped to keep the...

No. 2 Oregon stomps Virginia

De'Anthony Thomas ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran 71 yards for another score and No. 2 Oregon started fast and manhandled Virginia 59-10 Saturday. The Ducks (2-0), who gained a school-record 772 yards last week in beating Nicholls State, looked capable of doing it again against a Virginia defense that hoped to keep the...

Thomas Tyner off to a running start at Oregon

(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer It's fitting that Thomas Tyner's nickname is Dash. The freshman running back made his highly anticipated debut for No. 2 Oregon last weekend against Virginia and scored the first time he was handed the ball. Oregon went on to defeat the Cavaliers 59-10 and Tyner had a coming out party as the latest speedster...

Focus on the defense: always improving and always better than most people think

Derrick Malone is developing into quite a player. For the second week in a row he led the Ducks in tackles, this time with 12 after having 11 the week before. Malone is active in the middle and getting it. He also had half of a tackle for loss. Tony Washington is doing a great job taking over from Dion Jordan. So far this season he has 2.5 sacks, 1 in the Nicholls game, and 1.5...

Lyerla, Mariota, and Ifo go early in 2014 Mock Draft

Dane Bugler of NFL Draft Scout and has his latest 2014 Mock Draft, and he has three Ducks slated to go in the first round: Colt Lyerla, 10th overall, to the Giants Marcus Mariota, 15th to the Eagles Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, 18th to the Panthers

Heisman Watch Week Two: Marcus Mariota and Wisconsin’s Backfield Have Field Days

Johnny Manziel Much quieter and more composed this week after serving his half-game suspension last week, it was the Johnny Manziel show against Sam Houston State for the Texas A&M Aggies. The sophomore quarterback threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns against the Bearkats, and added another touchdown on the ground. Could Manziel actually repeat as the Heisman winner? These...

Tennessee-Oregon Preview

While Oregon hasn't relinquished its place among the most prolific scoring teams in the nation, the Ducks insist there's still room for improvement offensively. That's a scary thought for unbeaten Tennessee, which faces the difficult challenge of slowing the second-ranked Ducks. Oregon looks to win its 22nd straight home game against an unranked opponent when it takes...

Oregon ropes Cavs, 59-10

The Oregon Ducks ran their record to 2-0 with a 59-10 victory over Virginia at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, televised nationally on ABC/ESPN2. Oregon drove 89 yards with the opening kickoff, scoring in 5 plays, Marcus Mariota sprinting 71 yards straight up the middle untouched on a quarterback draw. Senior quarterback Dustin Haines, this year's holder kept on the Swinging...

Cavaliers hope to use bye week to learn

If ever a team needed a week off after two games, it might be Virginia. The Cavaliers went from the highest of highs and anticipation following a rousing 19-16 victory against BYU to the lowest of lows in a 59-10 drubbing against No. 2 Oregon that was never a game. ''Their speed was something that we've never really seen before, but that's not really an excuse for...

Duck Scoop: Sept. 9, 2013

The Oregon Ducks prepare for the Tennessee Volunteers in a game that will be played at Autzen Stadium on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The game will carried live on ABC.

Oregon 59-10 over Virginia Cavaliers: Week two game balls

East Coast Blowout For the second straight week the Oregon Ducks proved the transition from Chip Kelly to Mark Helfrich will be an easy one. Making the trek out to the East Coast to face the the Virginia, the Ducks poured it on early and didn’t let up in the second half en route to a 59-10 trouncing of the Cavaliers. But while this game was similar to the first in regards to a...
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