Marcus Mariota simply isn't the type to bark orders, perhaps because of his mellow Hawaiian upbringing. But the sophomore quarterback for Oregon is vowing to be more vocal in his second season guiding the Ducks.
Marcus Mariota overcame a brief injury to throw for a career-high 377 yards and tie a school record with six touchdown passes as No. 2 Oregon made a case for the top ranking in the country by beating California 59-17 on Saturday night.
Kenjon Barner rushed for a school-record 321 yards and five touchdowns, Marcus Mariota threw four TD passes, and No. 2 Oregon produced another landmark offensive performance in a 62-51 victory over No. 18 Southern California on Saturday night.
University of Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan and quarterback Marcus Mariota have been named to the national semifinalist lists for the Butkus Award and Davey O'Brien Award, respectively, it was announced Monday.
Despite a lack of experience, the 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman has helped guide the Ducks to a 6-0 start. Oregon ranks second nationally with an average of just over 52 points per game, and eighth with nearly 542 yards in total offense a game.
At the start of the season it appeared as though USC senior Matt Barkley would be the face of the Pac-12's quarterbacks this year. But an emerging crop of youngsters is stealing some of the attention in a league famous for its QBs.