Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 10/1/13
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 Kelly’s
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