Oregon’s Marcus Mariota insisted after Tuesday’s practice that he is going to play against Utah on Saturday. Mariota’s mobility is still restricted by a heavy knee brace protecting a partial sprain of the MCL in his left knee suffered against UCLA on October 26th.
The would be Heisman Trophy candidate refused to sit out the following game against Stanford and had negative rushing yardage for the first time this season.
Some feel that Mariota’s limitations may have contributed to the first loss of the season to Stanford. Sports Injury Alert previously reported about Mariota’s playing while injured against Stanford.
While Mariota’s passing stats were slightly below his average in the six point loss, he still completed 20 of 34 passes for 250 yds. with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He still hasn’t thrown an interception in 327 passes dating back to last season.
Mariota refused to accept his knee injury as an excuse for the loss, using the time worn expression, “It is what it is....