Marcus Mariota should be happy to see Colin Kaepernick succeeding in the NFL

Colin Kaepernick emerged in the middle of the season and took over the reins for the San Francisco 49ers.  The rookie quarterback led his team all the way to the Super Bowl and came one pass away from winning it.  Kaepernick is not your typical NFL quarterback; he is tall, athletic and uses his legs just as much as his arm.  The NFL is evolving and we are starting to see quarterbacks like this all over the league – Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton are just a few examples.

Marcus Mariota could be the next of these new revolutionary quarterbacks in the league. Like Kaepernick, he is tall, athletic and has speed that kills.  When comparing Kaepernick and Mariota’s first years in college the stats are very similar.  Below are the two quarterback’s stats from their first year.

Mariota had a better first year offensively, torching defenses for 32 touchdowns, but besides that, the other statistics are comparable.  After his freshman year, Kaepernick exploded, rushing for over 1,100 yards in each of his next three seasons at Nevada.  His rushing touchdowns also spiked as he scored 17 times on the ground his sophomore and junior year and had 20 his senior year.

Mariota’s legs are but one asset which could propel him into a starting quarterback position in the NFL.

Mariota has a leg up as he already had better freshman year compared to Kaepernick.  If Mariota can progress over the next three years as much as Kaepernick did, he could easily find himself being a high draft pick with the anticipation that he could be the next Colin Kaepernick. As for now, though, Mariota belongs to the Ducks and we could not be any luckier to have a quarterback of his caliber.

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Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations. He is from San Francisco, California and loves all sports, with his favorites being baseball and basketball. Luc is a die hard bay area sports fan and has been spoiled with the recent success of his teams in the past year. He did not become a Ducks fan until he came to the university 3 years ago, but now accepts them along with his other favorite teams. When Luc is not writing, thinking, or playing sports, he enjoys watching Seinfeld reruns and hanging out with friends. Luc is open to feed back. Follow him on twitter @luchancock

  • Eric

    Kaepernick technically isn’t a rookie.

  • Should be noted that Kaepernick only played in 7.5 games his redshirt freshman year. So, Mariota had basically 4 more games to match his numbers. Granted, the pac-12 competition is a bit tougher but Kaepernick’s numbers are still really impressive. And, I’m an Oregon grad so I’m not here to take away anything from Mariota. Just the facts.

  • Bobby2677

    Marcus is a Colin Kapernick clone. They even look-alike. Marcus will be a great NFL qb. As a Philadelphia Eagle fan, I hope he is re-united with Chip Kelly in Philly in 2014.