Found October 01, 2013 on
Oregon Sports News:
For the first time since the Oregon Ducks became a fixture in the upper echelons of college football, they have a front runner for the Heisman trophy. Sure, Joey Harrington came close, and De’Anthony Thomas, Dennis Dixon and LaMichael James all flirted with it, but Marcus Mariota is having the kind of year that has made him the man to beat. He is currently the Vegas favorite to haul in the Heisman, but to seal the deal, there are a few factors that need to be considered.
Mariota has the privilege of running a high-octane, fuel-injected, alcohol funnycar of an offense. That means he’s able to put up some big numbers quickly. In years past the Ducks’ quarterbacks have lost some of their luster compared to the adoration heaped on the man seen to be the architect of the offense, Chip Kelly. Nobody cared who was driving the car; they just wanted to know who designed it. Some of that stigma has fallen away this year with Mark Helfrich taking the reins and so much attention shifting to...
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Earlier this offseason you could’ve gotten Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota at 16/1 to win the Heisman. Now, at least for the time being, you can get him at valueless price of 8/5. Bovada has updated its Heisman odds, and Mariota is now a heavy favorite. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is second, while A&M’s Johnny Manziel [...]
EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota responds to media questions following Oregon's 55-16 win over California on Sept. 28, 2013 at Autzen Stadium.
ESPN's Heisman straw poll has Marcus Mariota ranked first with 66 points and 8 first first-place votes from their 16-member panel, comprised of ESPN writers and network analysts including Rece Davis, Ted Miller, and Mark Schlabach. Johnny Manziel is second in their poll with 58 points and 4 first-place votes, followed by Tajh Boyd with 51 and 3. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater...
Each week DSH submits a mock Heisman Trophy ballot to the website College Football Zealots.
This is the Week 5 submission, with notes and background on the race:
Handicapping the Heisman Trophy race, there are several ways to look at the award.
Who's the most likely player to win in December? Who should the voters choose? Who has the best stats? Who is leading in the minds...
With a deep, talented attack that includes Marcus Mariota, Oregon might not have a problem continuing its historic offensive start without its star running back.
The second-ranked Ducks could be missing leading rusher De'Anthony Thomas as they look to extend a nation-best 16-game road winning streak Saturday at Colorado.
Thomas has played a key role in a prolific Oregon offense...