Mariota tops Manning Award watch list

Marcus Mariota made it onto the Manning Award preseason watch list as the current second best quarterback in the country.

Kevin Cline

Every year the top college quarterback in the nation receives the Manning Award sponsored by the Sugar Bowl Committee. The award was created in honor of the Manning brothers’ collegiate accomplishments and is the only quarterback award that considers candidates’ bowl performances. On Friday the committee released their 2013-2014 preseason watch list and second on that list of 30 is Oregon’s very own Marcus Mariota.

Mariota lead the Ducks to a 12-1 record and a Fiesta Bowl victory during the 2012-2013 season.

Craig Strobeck

Mariota lead the Ducks to a 12-1 record and Fiesta Bowl victory last season.

Last season the Ducks’ returning starter set the Pac-12 Conference record for touchdown passes by a freshman with 32. He also finished seventh in the nation for passing efficiency, completing 68.45% of his pass attempts for 2,677 yards. Mariota lead the Ducks to a 12-1 record in 2012 including a Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State.

Last year Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won the award, and this year he is placed first on the list. Mariota will have to maximize his QBR to beat out Manziel. (The QBR Metric measures a quarterback’s total contributions to scoring and efficiency while also accounting for game context and adjusted for opponent strength.)

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Michelle Friedlander

Michelle Friedlander

Michelle Friedlander is an incoming freshman at the University of Oregon and will be starting at UO's business school in the fall. However, she has been a devoted Duck fan since 2009, when her sister decided to attend Oregon. Michelle is a huge sports fan and has been playing competitive soccer for the last 10 years. She's a very loyal fan and is excited to cheer on the mighty Ducks for the next four years and beyond.