While many will still debate for the next three and a half months whether Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota can step in right away and contribute to an NFL team next fall, there is no questioning his athletic career and accomplishments in college.
Mariota has put together a stellar career as a four-year starter, so impressive that Howie Kussoy of the New York Post says Mariota may be the best college football player ever.
Kussoy wrote about Mariota in his latest column for the Post.
“When Marcus Mariota walks off the field at AT&T Stadium on Monday night, the Heisman winner could walk off with Oregon’s first-ever national title, and then walk away from the rest of his college career, having captured the two most coveted trophies in college football in less than a month.
But that incredible accomplishment would still not be nearly as remarkable or improbable as where he would then be placed — as perhaps the greatest college quarterback of all-time.
Unlike so many quarterbacks, Mariota has played since he was a redshirt freshman, starting every game of his career and throwing a touchdown pass in every game, while going 36-4. He also is on pace for the lowest interception percentage in college football history, having thrown 13 interceptions on 1,130 attempts.
A dual threat defensive dilemma, Mariota’s rushed for more than 700 yards in each of his three seasons, adding 29 rushing touchdowns to 10,463 passing yards and 103 passing touchdowns, while completing nearly 67 percent of his career passes. This season’s magnum opus featured 55 total touchdowns and three interceptions, earning him the second-largest margin of victory ever in the Heisman voting.”
NFL general managers, scouts and fans will still debate how Mariota’s game will translate to the NFL all the way up until next April’s NFL Draft, but with a win against Ohio State next Monday night, Mariota almost certainly cements his legacy as the top college quarterback of our generation.
To read the full NY Post column by Kussoy, click here.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe it. Kid has learned every year and got better.Plz Bucs draft this kid we need him
There have been a lot of great “college” QB’s who never made it past a year or two in the NFL. Ain’t the same.
Mark, just because you went to Oregon you find pro Mariota articles, you’re such a homer. Try to be more objective. I think this kid has something special, and would be a good investment. Don’t agree with sitting him to learn. If he’s the best talent at Q.B. on your roster you play him. We started a 12 year vet, and ended up 2-14, let em play. Mark, I know you wish you went to FSU but tell me, why does Winston squint so much when play? Does he need, and not where glasses?
Haha thanks for the chuckle surferdude. If you take mariotta first you can’t sit him. That’s why I really hate the Rodgers comparisons. Rodgers got to sit for four years behind a hall of famer. That’s unheard of in today’s nfl.
Draft him and alter your offensive system to fit his skills.
I tell you one thing I hope the Bucs brass has already made up their minds about the 1st pick and are dedicating all their resources to the other rounds. Other teams don’t know who will be there in the first round. We need to use this to our advantage and make up our minds and gain a leg in the lower rounds.
I know what I’m going to do here. I’m going to take Yogi Berra’s advice. When you come to a fork in the road, take it!!!
didnt look like it tonight
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