Eight BOLD Predictions for #8: Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota will throw much more in 2013.
Marcus Mariota will throw much more in 2013.

Kevin Cline

Marcus Mariota will throw much more in 2013.

He will eclipse 388 pass attempts.

Mariota completed 68.5% of his 336 pass attempts last season, tied for 6th-best nationally.  With Barner gone, expect 30+ attempts per game this season.

He will be pulled early from 8+ games.

The 2013 Ducks will be dominant.  Don’t expect to see much of him the last 8 minutes of most games.

He will account for 48 touchdowns.

A triple-threat QB, Mariota even tallied a touchdown catch among his 38 scores last year.  The combined 32 TD’s from Barner and Bennett are gone, so Mariota’s total should rise.

He will throw 38+ touchdown passes.

Thirty-two touchdown passes was no fluke last season.  With playmakers De’Anthony Thomas, Josh Huff and Colt Lyerla all upperclassmen, the passing attack should reach new heights.

He will rush for 888 yards.

Mariota’s athleticism is what truly distinguishes him.  If he stays in games long enough, he will surpass last season’s 752 yards.

He will throw 8+ touchdowns to Colt Lyerla.

Colt is a game-changer at the tight end position, but he still hasn’t put together a complete season.  2013 should be the first time he pulls down 30+ passes and begins to hear his name on NFL draft boards.

He will finish top 8 in the Heisman voting.

He might even get 88.88 % of the votes.  All eyes will be on Mariota on Thursday, November 7th, when the Ducks fly south to Stanford.  A potential top-5 matchup, Mariota will have 60 minutes of prime-time coverage to show America (and Heisman voters) what he can do.

He will be a top-8 NFL Draft pick.

Eligible for the draft in 2014, Mariota is a sure first-round pick when he goes pro.  Though it may be tempting, let’s hope Marcus stays in Eugene at least long enough to lead Oregon through the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2014.

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Brett Perez

Brett Perez

Brett is a graduate of Astoria High School and is currently a sophomore journalism student at the University of Oregon and member of the 2012-2013 Cheerleading team. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 211 in Astoria, and enjoys rock climbing and all fitness pursuits. Brett's favorite sport is baseball, with football a close second. Minoring in Spanish, he hopes to work with Latinos in Major League Baseball in some capacity in the future, either as a scout or translator.