Heisman Hopeful

Oregon's success starts with Mariota.

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Over the past several years, our beloved Ducks have had a number of players named to the preseason Heisman watch list.  Two seasons ago it was LaMichael James garnering the attention.  LaMichael ultimately fell short of winning the award, but finished the season with almost 2,000 yards rushing before bolting for the NFL draft where he was a second round pick by the San Francisco 49ers.  Last year, both Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas received the hype and praise from all across the nation.  However, in the end, neither one got the necessary touches to win the award due to the overall game plan and the emergence of this year’s Heisman hopeful, Marcus Mariota.

Mariota is just the next Duck to be considered a preseason heisman candidate

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Mariota is just the next Duck to be considered a preseason heisman candidate.

Mariota brings something to the table that none of our most recent hopefuls had: he touches the ball on every single down.  As a first year starter last year, he far exceeded expectations to be named first team All PAC-12.

Oregon’s most recent Heisman hopeful to touch the ball on every down was Dennis Dixon, and to this day Duck fans still ask themselves what could have been.  Now Mariota is 100 days away from being expected to build upon what was his very successful “rookie” campaign to take that next step forward and hopefully become the first Oregon Ducks player to win the Heisman.


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Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman is a Senior at the University of Oregon.  He is a cinema studies major and communications minor.  Alex is from the Bay Area and grew up a Cal Bears fan due to many family members attending, but quickly transitioned into being apart of Duck Nation upon his arrival at the U of O.  Alex also works as an ESPNU campus connector as a representative of Oregon.  He hopes to break into the sports media and marketing world once he graduates in June.  All in all Alex is a huge Pac-12 and passionate Duck fan.  Alex would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about each and every one of his articles.