Quiet Mariota Makes Loud Bang In College Sports


Craig Strobeck

October 30th marked Marcus Mariota’s 20th year on planet Earth.  Mariota may be 20 years young, but he plays and acts 40-years-wise.  Marcus covered Sports Illustrated nationally for the first time in his career, (he also covered SI’s College Football magazine earlier in his career), and is the front runner in the Heisman race.  He has the potential to top it all off by winning one of the biggest games American sports has to offer — the BCS National Championship Game!

Marcus Mariota, The Professional Professional.

Kevin Cline

Marcus Mariota is the consummate, yet humble, Ducks QB.

Imagine, you’ve just endured your last days as a teen, and you’re leading the No.2 Oregon Ducks down the road so few teams can only dream.  It’s simply mind boggling how much hype there is surrounding one young star – and the Island calm he calls on to handle it all.

Sometimes we underrate the pressures with which student-athletes must cope.  As football players, they may be thinking that they’re invincible, that nothing can overcome them, just because they ply their trade on a 50″ flat screen.

But they are human beings, after all.  The only difference is that they have a unique skill set, and they use those skills to put smiles on our faces — for the most part.

We get to sit at home, thinking we know all of the answers – in the vicarious world of past-prime time armchair quarterbacks.

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Dean Davis

Dean Davis

Dean Davis grew up for most of his life in the Bay Area. A huge 49er and Warrior fan. After moving to Eugene in 2010 he couldn't resist the urge to add the Ducks to his list of favorites, and is now aDuck fan for life. Dean is a Human Physiology student at the U of O who loves to play basketball and stay in shape during his free time. His favorite Duck of all time is Anthony Blake, a warrior on and off the field. You can Tweet Dean at @DeanDavisDaDuck