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

Marcus Mariota, 9, UA,2012,KC

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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  • Douglas Fur

    This is a problem with games like this. Non conference games count so you can’t risk an early lose to an LSU. You schedule an “easy win” and for the sake of sportsmanship you pull your starters and don’t run up the score.
    I watched the UW game last night. How the Huskys are doing will probably be more important to us than Nichols State. In a more competitive game Kieth Price came out looking like a better QB than Marcus- higher completion rate and more yards. Not as dominating a team as the Ducks but watch out come October.

  • Dianna Mai

    Boise St is certainly not the Boise St of old, and sure the Mutts might be better, but they are not good enough to compete with our Ducks when we go up there. Beside’s I’m certainly not worried about the MUTT’s because we play Virginia this week!