Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 9/11/12
Super Mariota The departure of quarterback Darron Thomas to the NFL Draft was more than surprising for many Oregon Ducks fans. Not only did Thomas have a year of eligibility remaining at the program, most college football pundits did not see how his college statistics and skills could translate to the NFL. His departure made way for a highly publicized quarterback battle between Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota that lasted from spring ball all the way up until a week before Oregon’s season opener against Arkansas State. And so, just about a week before Oregon kicked off their 2012 college football campaign, Marcus Mariota was named the next starter of one of college football’s newest powerhouses. Two games into the season, Mariota has looked the part of the next great Ducks quarterback. Just a redshirt freshman, Mariota has a skill set that mirrors players later on in their football development. Mariota shined in his college football debut as he led the Oregon offense to touchdowns...
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