Found November 06, 2013 on Gridiron Grit:
PLAYERS: Marcus Mariota
Heisman Trophy campaigns may be fed in September when star players feast on less-than-impressive non-conference competition, but true contenders often don’t start to shine until conference play in October and November.  That was the case for last year’s winner, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, and former Baylor star signal-caller Robert Griffin III in 2011. Photo Via Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Heisman candidates entering Week 11′s high-stakes slate of games. Honorable Mentions Fresno State QB Derek Carr: Threw for over 400 yards and completed over 70 percent of his passes for the fifth time this season in the Bulldogs’ 41-23 victory vs. Nevada(39 of 55 for 487 yards with three TDs and no INTs).  He’s completed 290 of 419 passes (69.2 percent) for 3,061 yards with a TD-to-INT ratio of 28:4 through the first eight games of his senior campaign.  The the 6-3, 218-pound signal-caller also led his team to hard-fought wins in the team’s first three games of the season a...

Marcus Mariota reportedly playing through knee injury

Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota is playing through a knee injury, according to a report. KVAL sports reporter Collin Harmon reported on Thursday that the MCL in Mariota’s left knee is partially sprained. Mariota was wearing a brace on his left knee during the Ducks’ game at Stanford on Thursday. You can see him with […]

Marcus Mariota Played Against Stanford With Sprained MCL

NFL scouts can put a check next to the toughness box when it comes to Marcus Mariota and whether he should be the No. 1 overall pick in next May’s NFL draft. The Oregonian is reporting that Mariota played and balled out against Stanford with an already partially sprained MCL. Mariota wore a brace during Thursday nights loss, and spent most of the night not looking like his normal...

Marcus Mariota, No. 3 Oregon Ducks Face Pac-12 Rival No. 5 Stanford Cardinal in Battle for BCS Contention

The No. 3 Oregon Ducks have put their undefeated record on the line before, but never like this. The top team in the Pac-12 will get a chance Thursday night to prove that they deserve their 11-5 odds of winning the BCS National Championship by taking care of the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal on the road. The Cardinal, it’s important not to forget, are one mere October slip-up away from...

No. 6 Stanford searching for ways to stop Mariota

(Eds: Updates with quotes, details. With AP Photos.) By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer Almost every week, Stanford coach David Shaw delegates a backup quarterback to the scout team in practice who can best simulate the upcoming opponent. Not this week. Shaw's search for somebody on the roster to mimic Marcus Mariota and Oregon's up-tempo offense was deemed a lost cause...

2013 Bloguin Heisman Poll: Week Ten

Over the last few weeks, the Heisman race has become a two man battle with Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston nose to nose with 2012 winner Johnny Manziel sitting in their rear view mirror. Winston took to the main stage this weekend against rival Miami while Mariota had the weekend off to prepare for Oregon's upcoming battle against Stanford. How would that impact our weekly...

Video: Marcus Mariota’s Fumble/Injury Perfectly Sum Up Oregon’s Night

Oregon fans are currently experiencing their worst nightmare. The Ducks are being completely shut down by Stanford’s defense, they can’t stop the Cardinal running attack, and now, their star quarterback is hurt. Marcus Mariota was sacked by Stanford’s A.J. Tarpley and fumbled early in the third quarter of the affair. The play perfectly sums up how the night has gone for the Ducks.

Brendan's Heisman Ballot: Week 11

We don't have any changes at the top after the Ducks stayed home in Week 10, but with HUGE games on the docket for Oregon, Alabama and Baylor look for a big shake-up when the Week 12 ballot drops. Book Your Flight to New York 1. MARCUS MARIOTA, QB, OREGON: Mariota threw as many picks during the Ducks bye week as he did during the rest of the season. We don't have...

Jameis Winston is favorite to win Heisman Trophy with Oregon’s loss

Marcus Mariota and Oregon's loss to Stanford has catapulted FSU's Jameis Winston into the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.

Unquiet: Oregon-Stanford, Marcus Mariota, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front -  Your Pac-12, Mountain West, and BYU extravaganza. And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder.  Stanford knocks Oregon out of the the ranks of the unbeaten in a 26-20 home victory. (AP/ESPN) Mariota injured.  Oregon starting quarterback Marcus Mariota dealt with an MCL injury during the Ducks' loss to Stanford. ( Out of the running...

Ducks put nation’s longest road winning streak on the line in top 5 BCS matchup at Stanford: My Thoughts

— This Thursday marks a huge contest as the No. 3 Oregon Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) travel to Palo Alto to challenge the No. 5 Stanford Cardinals (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) in one of the biggest conference clashes in recent memory. As Oregon has gone above and beyond impressing fans around the country, with a high octane attack and Heisman contending QB Marcus Mariota, Thursday will be the...

Stanford's Statement, We Are Still Hanging Around, Cardinal Defeats Ducks 26-20

Florida State fans are rejoicing.  Number 2 Oregon has a loss. In a game that had the west coast buzzing Stanford raced out to a 26-0 lead until the middle of the fourth quarter.  Oregon rallied as Marcus Mariota threw two touchdown passes but the rally fell short. Stanford defeats Oregon 26-20. "Our guys played extremely well today." Stanford head coach...

Pac-12 Game of the Century: Oregon at Stanford Game Preview

Thursday night the biggest college football game of the season, to this point, will finally be upon us. The No. 3 Oregon Ducks travel to Stanford to take on the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal. This game has been highlighted and anticipated dating back to the summer months leading up to this college football season. The Ducks and Cardinal both were pointed out as serious national title contenders...

2014 Heisman Trophy: Three Quarterbacks With One Goal in Mind

Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel: Three quarterbacks, two with National Title hopes and all with one goal in mind – to win the Heisman Trophy.This weekend may just separate one of them from the pack.There are only three choices to choose from. Everyone else has eliminated themselves (Tajh Boyd, Teddy Bridgewater) or the team has done them in (Georgia, Aaron Murray...

Stanford Beats Oregon, Helps FSU: The Good, The Bad The Ugly

Kevin Hogan did not have to be brilliant on Thursday night. Marcus Mariota did.Behind a steady does of Tyler Gaffney and a swarming Cardinal defense, Stanford helped make the BCS title picture a little clearer than it was with a 26-20 win over the second ranked Oregon Ducks and Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota.The win shook up the college football landscape again as both FSU...

Bridgewater vs. Mariota: ESPN Debates Which QB Is Better

For almost a year, Louisville’ Teddy Bridgewater has been projected to be the first quarterback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. As the season has went on, Bridgewater’s Heisman chances seem to have dwindled off and in recent weeks some have speculated that he may not be as good of an NFL prospect as initially thought. If you’ve watched Bridgewater in the last two games, then you...
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