Oregon’s Football Recruitment Needs Marcus Mariota to Thrive in the NFL

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Oregon quarterbacks do not have the best track record when it comes to production at the NFL level. Since 1999 and prior to Marcus Mariota, Oregon had five quarterbacks taken in the NFL Draft, two of which were 1st-round picks – Akili Smith and Joey Harrington — two in the 5th round – Dennis Dixon and A.J. Feely — and Kellen Clemens, who was taken …

Three Reasons Mariota Will Save the Tennessee Titans

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There’s a new sheriff or two in Nashville. Along with Tennessee Titans’ second-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt, former Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota has joined a freshly assembled Titans’ posse, and is already regarded as THE guy in Tennessee. The NFL franchise that once boasted the careers of Earl Campbell, Warren Moon and Steve McNair, capitalized big time by swooping up the Heisman Trophy-winner at No. 2 in the first …

Three Reasons Marcus Mariota is NFL’s LeBron James

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Every so often, an athlete emerges whose abilities exceed the boundaries of convention and provide a new bright-line of distinction. Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and LeBron James are among the special few whose personal contributions, sportsmanship, and competitive drive forever altered the landscape of professional sports. They became legends who brought hope and championships to their loyal fans. And they were fun to watch, too. So, who will be this generation’s …

Marcus Mariota’s Draft Day Update

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At long last, Draft Day has finally arrived. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, many young football players will have the opportunity to make their dreams a reality and become part of an NFL team. With what felt like eternity, Duck fans will then know where their former star QB will begin his NFL career. Critics and analysts alike have …

Mark Helfrich Praises Marcus Mariota on “NFL AM”

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The 2015 NFL Draft is finally here and the first round is tonight at 5 p.m. PDT on ESPN and the NFL Network. At last, Duck fans will know where Marcus Mariota will start his NFL career. Among critics, Mariota is considered the first- or second-best quarterback – depending on whom you ask — and will likely be a top-5 overall …

Landing Spots for Mariota, Ranked

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With only hours until the NFL Draft, let’s have an arbitrary ranking of the best landing spots for Marcus Mariota. (Is best a subjective term? Of course, but all rankings are subjective. In this case, let’s just go with the common definition of best: Most likely to lead to long-term success for his career by all obvious standards, championships over …

Draft Profile: No.2 Arik Armstead

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This piece is part of a project in which Jason and Caleb analyze the top eight Ducks’ prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. The prospects will be listed in the order in which they are projected to be drafted. Enjoy. Previous Article: No.3 Jake Fisher No 2: Arik Armstead Position: Defensive Line Height: 6’8″ Weight: 290 Overview: I​t should not …

Nike Releases First Marcus Mariota Ad

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Nike recently introduced its newest football line – ”Nike Vapor Untouchable” — with their latest addition to the Nike team, Marcus Mariota, being the cover persona. Check out the ad below — Speed hits a new gear. Nike is proud to welcome Marcus Mariota to football’s fastest family. #justdoithttps://t.co/Z0ApbJauNh — Nike Football (@usnikefootball) April 20, 2015 Nike recently signed Mariota to an endorsement …

Oregon Ducks Football: The “Fisher” King

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On April 30, the 2015 NFL Draft festivities will begin. And while Oregon Ducks football fans eagerly await the fate of their former star quarterback, Marcus Mariota, there is another former Duck who is projected as a possible first round selection: OL Jake Fisher. Arguably the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback’s most effective guardian, Fisher has persevered through the tectonic grind of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, heightened …

Adam Schefter — Making the Mariota to Eagles Connection

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With only a week left before the commencement of the 2015 NFL Draft, a ton of rumors regarding the possibility of former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota landing in the City of Brotherly Love have intensified. The recent signing of 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, sent a shock throughout the football community and now has everyone wondering, what the Philadelphia Eagles general …

Duck Secondary: Draft Edition

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Erick Dargan SS Dargan went from being a small part of the Ducks defense to leading the team in interceptions with seven. Although Dargan had a stellar year and was a crucial part of the Ducks making the National Championship, apparently – to some — that wasn’t enough, as he was snubbed from the 2015 NFL Combine. Dargan is seen by many …