I’m not that guy. You know, the go-getter Duck fan in your group who paid for ESPN Insider, frequents rivals.com, and gets recruiting updates in the form of push notifications. He can identify the breakout player 18 months before he breaks out. That guy consumes football like he eats Cracker Jacks — knowledgeable and appreciative of the harmonic nature by which crunchy, sweet molasses covered popcorn combine with peanuts and the perfect hint of saltiness. For the rest of us, watching college football and eating Cracker Jacks is all about the surprise, and Marcus Mariota turned out to be one heck of a toy at the bottom of the box.
On the field Marcus has amassed 9,122 passing yards and 1,991 rushing for a total of 114 touchdowns. He has led the Ducks to an overall record of 31-4, including resounding victories over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl, and Texas in the Alamo Bowl. The school records for passing in attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns, efficiency, average yards per pass, average yards per completion, and yards per game all belong to Marcus Mariota. Without a doubt he has cemented himself as the most prolific quarterback in Oregon history, and deserves every drop of Heisman consideration that he has received during the 2014 college football season.