Two days after coming up short against Ohio State for the national Championship, Oregon superstar and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota is taking his game to the NFL. On Wednesday Mariota released a statement through the school’s website announcing his intentions.
“After meeting with my family I have decided to forgo my final year of eligibility and apply for the 2015 NFL draft,” Mariota said. “My four years at the University of Oregon have been an awesome experience. I cannot thank Coach Kelly, Coach Helfrich, Coach Frost, the rest of the Oregon coaches and the support staff enough for molding me as a person, player and student-athlete.
“The support I received from the university, the city of Eugene and Duck fans has been tremendous. I will always remember the great times and support I received. Once a Duck always a Duck. I will miss being with my teammates. Being a part of this team was something special that I will always treasure.”
Mariota set a Pac-12 Conference record with 58 total touchdowns this season, is thought to be one of the top overall prospects and quarterback in this year’s draft class along with FSU’s Jameis Winston.
Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich commented on Mariota.
“It’s been an honor to watch Marcus develop over the last four years, and I’m excited to see what his future holds,”Helfrich said in a statement. “He’s given this program everything we could have asked, and he’ll be the standard by which others are judged. Mahalo.”
Mariota had 42 passing touchdowns in 2014, 15 on the ground and one touchdown receptions on his way to becoming the first Duck to win a Heisman Trophy. Mariota and Oregon came up one game short from a perfect season, losing to Ohio State 42-20 last Monday night.
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