He Saved the Princess – Where is the Love?


Feature Photo from Amazing Moments Photography


What does a guy have to do to get a little respect around here?  There must be some kind of mistake.  As if throwing for more than 2,600 yards, scoring 32 touchdowns and receiving the offensive MVP award from the Fiesta Bowl committee, Super Mario (or Marcus Mariota to some) slayed Bowser and saved the princess without an ounce of fear.  The legend of Super Mario continues to grow and you are seriously telling me no one will take him in the first round?

Photo by Kevin Cline Photography

Mariota is as focused as any QB in the NCAA.

With the 2013 NFL Draft fast-approaching, I couldn’t help but look ahead to the 2014 draft – I guess I am tired of hearing about Geno Smith and Matt Barkley.  Perusing countless mock drafts for the ’14 draft I noticed something eery – no Mr. Mariota.  Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel are placed in numerous top-5’s, and even San Jose State’s quarterback is in a host of projected first round picks.  Has everyone forgotten Super Mario – the first team Pac-12 quarterback in 2012-13 – is draft eligible after the upcoming season?  DAT is in several top tens and both Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and and Terrance Mitchell are projected in a few first rounds, so how have they forgotten Mariota?

Maybe it’s simply a mistake.  People make mistakes all the time, even scouts and journalists (shhh).  But someone must have seen Mariota’s explosive touchdown runs against ASU and OSU, and surely nobody forgot about his six touchdown – 230.8 quarterback rating – no-pick performance against the Golden Bears in Berkley.  And if they didn’t watch it, they MUST have seen him storm LA throwing 20 of 23 for 304 yard and four touchdown – 255.4 QB rating – the week prior against USC right?  Of course…I’m sure this is all just a misunderstanding.

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber