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Oregon's Mariota has Arizona's undivided attention

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez jokes -- maybe wishes? -- that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was so good last year he should have come out for the NFL. OK, maybe there's a little self-interest there, in that Arizona wouldn't have to face Mariota again. No such luck. Mariota will be the focal point Thursday night when the Wildcats face No. 2 Oregon in Eugene...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

The revenge angle and why it’s a dead end

Taking one for the team: beating Oregon is an obligatory Gatorade bath around the PAC-12 Conference. It’s only happened a half dozen times in this decade. Thursday, Arizona tries for two in a row (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports photo). The Ducks aren’t motivated by last year and shouldn’t be. The errors of last year belong to last year. That was a different team with different...
Via The Duck Stops Here
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ducks on alert as UCLA speeds to measuring-stick victory over ASU

Analyze this: Despite a heavily-braced left elbow Brett Hundley passed the Sun Devils silly in Tempe, leading the Bruins to a 62-27 victory. After a 4th quarter touchdown he makes a triumphant gesture you’d never see from Marcus Mariota (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports photo). Last night UCLA hung 62 on #15 Arizona State, exploding for 28 straight points after trailing early 17...
Via The Duck Stops Here
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Heisman Watch: Ranking top contenders entering Week 5

The first four weeks of the 2014 college football season are in the books and the Heisman Trophy race is already starting to take shape. It’s obviously still early and several of the Top 25 teams have yet to face serious tests, but Heisman campaigns are fed in the first half of the season when star players at skill positions often feast on less-than-impressive non-conference opponents...
Via Gridiron Grit
5 days ago  |  Discuss

As long as the Ducks have Mariota, I’m saying there’s a chance

Grace under pressure: as he entered the tunnel after the game he patted an equipment manager on the shoulder and gave the crowd a “Hang Loose” sign. Marcus Mariota is the best quarterback in college football, and it isn’t even close (James Snook-USA TODAY Sports photo.) Turns out Aaron Fentress was right. The Ducks do have serious flaws, but as long as they have Marcus Mariota...
Via The Duck Stops Here
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota remains early Heisman favorite

With three weeks of fight song-filled Saturday’s already in the books and some of the nation’s best programs off to solid starts, the annual debate surrounding the current crop of Heisman Trophy candidates can be heard in local watering holes and on college campuses in every corner of our football-crazed country. But while reigning Heisman Trophy winner and Florida State starting...
Via Sports-Glory
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Drake Wore Two Marcus Mariota Jerseys And Oregon Sneakers During A Concert On Saturday

Rapper and noted sports fan Drake performed a concert in Ridgefield, Washington on Saturday night. The show was about two hours away from the campus of the University of Oregon, and Drake — who is known to wear gear for many different teams — rocked some awesome Ducks attire last night. Drizzy wore two different Marcus Mariota jerseys, along with a special pair of Oregon sneakers...
Via College Spun
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Vine: Oregon’s Marcus Mariota Goes Airborne, Flips Into The End Zone For A Touchdown

Marcus Mariota is awesome. The Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful’s career is full of great moments, and he added another one to his highlight reel today. The Ducks are hosting Wyoming, and midway through the second quarter, Mariota ran for a touchdown. While this is nothing unusual — Mariota has ran for 17 touchdowns in his career — this one was different. As he...
Via College Spun
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon Football: Ducks start 2-0. What’s next moving forward?

The Oregon football team is in familiar territory. For the fourth time in five years the Ducks have started 2-0. The Ducks now have three straight seasons being ranked in the top 5 following a 2-0 start. Starting isn’t Oregon’s problem. Their problem is finishing. Since 2009, the Ducks have lost at least one game in November – including the BCS National Championship in 2010...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Mariota's course load will make you laugh

Marcus Mariota could have left Oregon for the NFL following last season. The Ducks redshirt junior quarterback would have likely been a first-round draft pick. He could be making millions of dollars as a professional athlete.  The dual threat opted to return to Eugene for at least one more season. Life won’t be too bad for the Heisman contender, either. He’s only taking two...
Via College Spun
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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