Marcus Mariota Moves on to NFL

As expected, redshirt junior quarterback Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner has declared for the NFL draft according a media release today by the University of Oregon. Mariota already received his general science degree for the university.

"After meeting with my family I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility and apply for the 2015 NFL Draft," Mariota said in the media release. "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 led the Ducks to a 13-2 record for the year and a 36-5 record overall as a three-year starter. Mariota won virtually every award this year for his excellence. In addition to the Hesiman Trophy, he also won the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brian Award and the Walter Camp Award.

According the release, Mariota amassed 5,224 yards of total offense (the first ever for a conference player); set an NCAA record of passing for a touchdown in every career start (41); and became the first player in FBS history to finish a season with a plus-50 ratio of touchdowns (58) to turnovers (seven).

"It's been an honor to watch Marcus develop over the last four years, and I'm excited to see what his future holds," UO coach Mark Helfrich said in the release. "He's given this program everything we could have asked, and he'll be the standard by which others are judged. Mahalo."

Mariota has also been a regular presence at the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley, mentoring youth.

Generally, it is believed Mariota will be the first player taken in next spring's draft.

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