Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/2/12
The man some media and fans are calling ‘Super Mario’ was just that — super — in his debut on Saturday night against Arkansas State.Marcus Mariota, redshirt freshman from Honolulu, led No. 5 Oregon in rout to a three-touchdown performance, where he completed 18 of 22 passing attempts for 200 yards  as the Ducks downed the Red Wolves 57-34.He started the game completing 12 of his first 13 attempts — with the only incomplete being dropped by Daryle Hawkins.“Marcus really had command of our offense and it truly showed today. I am happy with his performance,” Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly said. “Marcus showed a great deal of poise out there, it was really fun to watch him play tonight.”Mariota’s start was the first for a freshman quarterback since Danny O’Neil started for Oregon in 1991.“I was very nervous at the beginning, but after the first snap all my butterflies went away and I just played the game,” Mariota said. “It was surreal running through the tunnel for the first time. I am
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