Mariota Should Go, and as Fans We Should Let Him

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It may be a sad realization Duck nation, but Marcus Mariota is not coming back. If he were to do so for some reason, he’d be making the biggest mistake of his life. Mariota is coming off not only the best season of his career, but perhaps one of the best years in College Football ever. The redshirt junior accounted for 53 touchdowns on the year on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy, AP Player of the Year Honors and many other coveted awards after the end of the regular season.

The Hawaiian led the Ducks to a Pac-12 Championship, big wins over rivals Arizona and Stanford and in his final two games scored 11 total touchdowns in big wins over ‘Zona and OSU. When Mariota won the Heisman it was by the second most decisive margin in Heisman history. In short, the guy has had a darn good year. Scouts and coaches around the NFL have Mariota on the top of their draft boards. If he doesn’t go No. 1 overall, it’s all but certain he’ll at least be in the top five.

It's Marcus Mariota's time to go.

Donald Alarie

It’s Marcus Mariota’s time to go.

Finally, Mariota has a shot at winning the National Championship this year, the inaugural College Football Playoff. If he and the rest of the Ducks are actually able to pull it off, Mariota’s stock will be at an all- time high. Although it will certainly hurt to see him leave, it will be equally satisfying to watch as one of the all-time great Ducks launches his undoubtedly successful NFL career.

After a picture perfect season, Mariota will be able to finally be able to walk off the field as a champion. Selfishly, there’d be nothing more satisfying than seeing Mariota return and lead the Ducks one last time. He could dazzle the crowd at Autzen, maybe lead a game winning drive or two perhaps. But as both a lover of the Ducks and Mariota, I’ll cheer for him when he declares for the draft, when he’s chosen to an NFL team and finally I’ll cheer for him while he dismantles NFL defenses like we all know he can.

Top photo from Craig Strobeck

 

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Caleb Couturie

Caleb Couturie

Caleb is a sophomore at the University of Oregon intending to double major in Journalism and Sports Management. He is the Managing Editor for FishDuck.com, along with being a lifetime Saints and San Francisco Giants fan, as Caleb fell in love with sports at a young age and developed that love into a passion for sports analysis. He is looking forward to cheering on the Ducks throughout his career at Oregon, and is always willing to talk sports with any fellow fan.

  • Ken

    Caleb. Good luck tmr. Ken

  • Bob

    I agree. I truly enjoyed watching Marcus play throughout his college career. He’s got his degree, won the Heisman, paid his dues to UO and the fans. Although it appears that there isn’t a selfish bone in his body, someone SHOULD tell him it’s time to go and think of himself and his family.

    A QB by the name Colt Brennan may have been drafted in the 1st round his JR year, stayed for his SR year to give back to Hawaii. Didn’t have as good a year stat wise, ended up getting smashed by Georgia, drafted in the 6th round by Washington no less. That decision pretty much did him in.

    I want better for Marcus, and I’m sure the true fans, his team mates, his coaches, teachers, friends, and family do as well. So, I’ll watch you on Sundays instead of Saturdays Marcus…I can wait one more day.