New Look for Mariota: “Just Shave It” Campaign?

Marcus Mariota 5, Spring Game,14,KC

Friday morning, the Ducks held their first practice at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA in preparation for the Rose Bowl game. The Oregon practice facilities are just a stone’s throw away from Pasadena. Yes, Duck fans, the first playoff game is drawing nigh, now less than a week away on New Year’s Day. Indeed, Oregon is on a “business trip,” according to first year defensive coordinator Don Pellum, but there will be plenty of time for pleasure. And mustaches.

Yes, it appears as though Oregon’s Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota has decided to grow a lip sweater. Now before the rumor mills get chugging at full velocity, let’s remember that this photo was taken from the Ducks’ first practice in six days and the Pac-12 champions have been on vacation. Mariota’s new upper lip upholstery could be due to travel and vacation, often limiting a man’s opportunities to shave.

But this cookie duster could be the beginning of a glorious relationship between Mariota and his facial hair. Just like Tom Selleck represented the ‘stache on television’s Magnum P.I., a mustachioed Mariota could be the new face of college football. Before his lip doily, Mariota won the Heisman Trophy. Imagine what Oregon’s Polynesian prince could accomplish aided by the natural superpowers of a bro-stache? It’s scary to think about.

“I guess, to tell you the truth, I’ve never had much of a desire to grow facial hair. I think I’ve managed to play quarterback just fine without a mustache,” NFL’s future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning once said. Truth is that it doesn’t matter if Mariota looks like John Waters or Hulk Hogan (both have distinctive mustaches). Oregon’s highly coveted NFL draft prospect has performed at a high level due to his work ethic, fearlessness, and humility — not facial hair.

Whether it’s donning a soul patch, neckbeard, or mutton chops, Duck fans know their star quarterback will continue his diligent preparation alongside his teammates for Oregon’s historical appearance in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

But perhaps the next Nike campaign will be: “Just Shave It.”

Top Photo by Kevin Cline

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Jordan Ingram

Jordan Ingram

My name is Jordan Ingram and I am currently a student at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. I am a proud Oregonian with an insatiable thirst for Oregon athletics. I am in hot pursuit of my dream career as beat writer for anything that goes “Quack.” Follow me on Twitter : @jpingram3

  • disqus_JmcFDecx6w

    The last time Mariota got lazy with shaving, the Ducks lost to Arizona. Mariota looks great, but he has to sacrifice the hunkiness for 2 more weeks for the greater good. Shave it off!

  • douglas fur

    “A kiss without a moustache is like eating an egg without salt.” Spanish proverb.
    I think the restored OL will take care of any razor ju-ju.

    • Jordan Ingram

      Ha! I love this. I spent a year in Galicia, Spain teaching ESL and I love hearing old Spanish proverbs and sayings. Thanks! It’s hilarious, too.