Pac-12 Examiner: Marcus Mariota tops ESPN list of Pac-12’s best

Kevin Cline

The results are in for ESPN’s annual list of the “Top-25” players from each conference, and Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota was featured in the No. 1 spot in the Pac-12.  This isn’t entirely shocking, though, as Mariota was also No. 1 in their 2012 postseason list.

Kevin Gemmell of ESPN’s Pac-12 Blog writes:

“With an outstanding line and cast of players around him like De’Anthony Thomas, Colt Lyerla, Josh Huff and a surging Byron Marshall, expect Mariota to build off his incredible numbers that made him an All-American honorable mention last season.  Look for the postseason accolades to increase as well — maybe even the bronze guy with the stiff arm.  It’s fun to wonder what his numbers might have looked like last year had he not sat out of the second half of a few games because Oregon couldn’t help but put up 40-plus points in the first half.”

In all, five Duck players were named to the list in 2013:

1. Marcus Mariota, QB

8. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB

14. De’Anthony Thomas, RB

20. Colt Lyerla, TE

23. Hroniss Grasu, C


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