"Nothing Marcus (Mariota) does surprises me," Scott Frost said Mariota's first regular season NFL game. "I'm just surprised more people didn't see it.
Marcus Mariota, who spent three years as Oregon's quarterback was Frost's prize student and yesterday as a rookie, Mariota captured the NFL world's imagination by throwing four touchdowns in his NFL regular season debut leading the Tennessee Titans to a 42-14 win over Tampa Bay. The game, which saw the No. 1 pick in last spring's NFL draft, Jameis Winston go down in the biggest defeat since last January when Florida State lost to the Ducks, 59-20 in the Rose Bowl.
Frost said he watched the Tennessee Titans-Tampa Bay Buchaneers game as he was preparing the game plan for Oregon's next opponent, Georgia State, a team from the Sun Belt Conference.
A question was asked about Michigan State and Oregon's zone option, and Frost said the Spartan defensive ends made running the option very difficult, so consequently the Ducks chose to run other plays.
Oregon's game with Georgia State has a very early kickoff, at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Autzen Stadium. The game will be carried live on the Pac-12 Networks.