Mariota, playing against USC in 2012
|Oregon Ducks — No. 8|
|Major: Human Physiology|
|Date of birth:October 30, 1993|
|Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school: Honolulu (HI) Saint Louis|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at ESPN.com|
Mariota is of Samoan descent. He was born in Honolulu to Toa Mariota and Alana Deppe-Mariota. He grew up idolizing the quarterback play of Jeremiah Masoli, who was also a standout quarterback at St. Louis High and the University of Oregon.
High school career
Mariota was relatively unknown late in his high school career due to not starting until his senior season. As a senior, he led St. Louis to an 11-1 record and the state title while being named PrepStar Magazine All-West Region and Interscholastic League of Honolulu Offensive Player of the Year. Mariota threw for 2,597 yards on 165 of 225 passing attempts (64.7%), including 32 touchdowns against only five interceptions. He also rushed the ball 60 times for 455 yards (7.6 yards per carry) and 7 touchdowns. Marcus was named to the NUC All World Game alongside future Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
High School Awards & Honors
- 2010 HHSAA Division 1 State Football Championship
- 2010 Interscholastic League of Honolulu Offensive Player of the Year
- 2010 PrepStar Magazine All-West Region
- 2010 Hawaii Gatorade Player of the Year
Mariota attended an Oregon football camp in the summer of 2010, which allowed Mark Helfrich, Oregon's then offensive coordinator, to be one of the first recruiters to discover Mariota. After the camp, Helfrich visited Mariota in Hawaii to watch the somewhat unrecognized quarterback practice going into his senior season. Helfrich called Chip Kelly during the visit and they made the decision to immediately offer Mariota a scholarship, despite never starting a varsity game.
After his senior season, he was rated the No. 2 recruiting prospect in the state of Hawaii and No. 12 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com. He was recruited by Oregon, Hawaii, Memphis, Utah, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC but was only offered a scholarship by Memphis and Oregon.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Honolulu, Hawaii||Saint Louis School||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||211 lb (96 kg)||4.5||Oct 30, 2010|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 71|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 24 (QB) Rivals: 24 (QB) ESPN: 71 (QB)|
After redshirting the 2011 season, 2012 showcased Mariota as the first freshman to start a season opener for the Ducks in 22 seasons. He led Oregon to a 12-1 record and the #2 final season ranking while being named Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team, Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year, and earning the 2013 Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP Award as he guided the Ducks to a 35-17 victory over #5 Kansas State.
Starting in all 13 games, Mariota threw for 2,677 yards on 230 of 336 passing attempts (68.5%), including 32 touchdowns against only 6 interceptions. He also rushed the ball 106 times for 752 yards (7.1 yards per carry) and 5 touchdowns. His athletic versatility was exhibited against Arizona State, when he caught a touchdown pass, threw a touchdown pass, and then ran for an 86-yard touchdown, achieving all three scores with 12 minutes still left in first half.
Mariota earned Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team honors for the second consecutive year after setting a Pac-12 record from the end of the 2012 season into the 2013 season by attempting 353 passes without an interception. Starting in all 13 games, he completed 245 of 386 passing attempts (63.5%) for 3,665 yards with 31 touchdowns and only four interceptions, while rushing for 715 yards (7.4 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns.
Mariota suffered a partial tear of the MCL against UCLA on October 26th but continued to play the remainder of the season. After Oregon’s 8-0 start, Mariota was featured on the national cover of the November 4th, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated as the favorite to win the Heisman trophy before the #2 ranked Ducks fell to #6 Stanford on November 7th. Despite Oregon's 11-2 season record and top-ten ranking, Mariota’s sophomore season was considered a letdown after the Ducks failed to reach a BCS bowl birth for the first time since the 2008 season.
After a loss to Arizona on Nov. 23, Oregon’s first loss to an unranked opponent since 2008, Mariota and the Ducks bounced back to beat rival Oregon State 36-35 in the Civil War. Mariota threw a touchdown pass to Josh Huff with 29 seconds remaining to give Oregon the come from behind victory over the Beavers.
Mariota guided the Ducks to their third consecutive bowl victory, beating Texas 30-7 in the 2013 Alamo Bowl while being honored as the game's Offensive MVP after rushing for 133 yards on 15 carries and finishing with 386 total yards. He finished the season with 4,380 yards of total offense, becoming the only player in Oregon history to eclipse 4,000 yards in a season.
Awards & honors
- Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year (Pac-12 Coaches)
- Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team (Pac-12 Coaches, ESPN.com, Phil Steele)
- Pac-12 Academic All-Conference Honorable Mention
- Honorable Mention All-America (SI.com)
- Manning Award Finalist
- Team’s Most Outstanding Player (Skeie’s Award)
- Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP (January 3, 2013)
- Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team (Pac-12 Coaches)
- Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Pac-12 Coaches) Oct. 7
- Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Pac-12 Coaches) Oct. 14
- Team's Most Outstanding Player (Skeie's Award)
- Team's Most Inspirational Player (Wilford Gonyea Award)
- Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP
- CFPA Quarterback Trophy Winner
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