Dial M for Mariota

We all know what the Heisman Trophy signifies, but only those who earn it can know what it means. While the numbers and statistics are part of the equation, perhaps a greater factor is that which cannot be quantified: Character. Marcus Mariota embodies all that the Heisman represents, on the field and off. This year, there has been none better than Mr. Mariota.

These images span a brilliant career at Oregon, beginning with earning the starting role after a strong Spring game in 2012. While there are some representative action shots, in others are elements of those elusive qualities that separate Mariota from his worthy competitors. His has not been a flawless tenure at Oregon, but in victory and defeat, Mr. Mariota has handled himself, and his team, with the dignity and grace that defines true sportsmanship. In my eyes, this is what the Heisman Trophy is all about.


Spring game 2012


Listens to his team


Early rushing TD set a tone


He put his body on the line


Took his lumps


There is an aura to his presence


Not without error


Ran the Ducks to the Fiesta Bowl


Not big on fanfare


He could win the day


He ran the offense


He passed the Huskies


Didn't win them all


Though found brothers in arms


Always kept his head up


Reliable in the clutch


He offered no complaints


He maintained game control


He ran with a vengeance


He personified determination


First trip to the Rose Bowl, 2014


Always a civil warrior


Gracious in victory


Appreciated his teammates


He is a leader


Ready to pass the torch?


He never turned his back


Always a Grateful Duck


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