Marcus Mariota‘s performance at Husky Stadium in 2013 was as good as I’ve seen from a quarterback in person. He was efficient and he was fast that day, and he’s continued to be all that, and more, rather consistently throughout the 2014 season.
He was the most obvious pick for the Heisman Trophy. And he is, in my experiences covering his first season at Oregon two years ago, every bit as humble and earnest as he showed in his acceptance speech Saturday night. He’s a guy many of his opponents would love to hate — including UW’s Hau’oli Kikaha — but just can’t.
The top three on the ballot I submitted to the Heisman Trust:
1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
2. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
3. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Mariota received the second-highest percentage of possible points (90.92) in Heisman history. And, to think, his only scholarship offers out of high school were Oregon, UW and Memphis.
The News Tribune’s Christian Caple breaks down his Heisman vote here.
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) December 14, 2014