UCLA coach Jim Mora has told NFL scouts that Oregon star Marcus Mariota will be a star at the next level.
Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley is also projected to play in the NFL, but he may be dealing with a patchwork offensive line again as he enters off a rough effort.
These star quarterbacks meet Saturday in Eugene, and the second-ranked Ducks expect running back De'Anthony Thomas to return from a three-game absence to face the No. 12 Bruins.
Mariota has developed into one of the leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy with an astounding 19 touchdown passes to no interceptions along with nine rushing scores for Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12).
"I had a couple guys ask me, NFL guys, if I thought he could play at the next level," Mora said. "I said, 'Have you not watched him? I mean, he'll rip it up at the next level.' I mean this guy is ripping it up at this level. He's really special."
It's possible that part of what makes Mariota special is his approach this week after he lost two...