He might not be a Buccaneer yet, but with that possibility being very high, it doesn't hurt to celebrate Marcus Mariota winning the Heisman Trophy in what is probably his final collegiate season. Mariota was the clear favorite going into Saturday evening and he exited as college football's best player for the 2014 season.
As is custom with Mariota, he took the trophy humbly and with humility. The quiet Mariota was grateful for his award.
"Being around so many great people," Mariota said at the ceremony. "It's unbelievable. Just truly a blessing"
While analysts will try to analyze his every play from his collegiate career over the next several months leading up to the NFL Draft, as a collegiate player in 2014, Mariota was the best. He was responsible for 53 touchdowns in 2014 both rushing, receiving, and throwing for the Oregon Ducks. The Oregon system is a system that leads to much scoring, but Mariota did it as good as any Oregon QB has.
Unlike other Oregon quarterbacks, Marcus Mariota has the true NFL characteristics NFL teams look for. Mariota has the size (6'4'' 220lbs), speed (4.4), and quick release necessary to be successful in the NFL. He's a quarterback that can run, rather than just being a running quarterback.
Mariota's quiet demeanor has also come into question by some analysts and fans. He is not the most outgoing or vocal, but as a person, is everything you'd want a leader of your franchise and in your community to be.
No, a Heisman Trophy does not mean that Mariota will be a great NFL quarterback, that's been proven numerous times before. It does mean that the top two quarterbacks in this year's draft will be former Heisman Trophy winners, will both square off against each other on New Year's Day, and both have a shot to be the next franchise quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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