2014 NFL Draft: Reaction to Marcus Mariota Returning to School

December 4, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The University of Oregon released a statement Tuesday that redshirt sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota would return to school for his junior year and pass on early entry to the 2014 NFL draft for at least one more season, per Kevin Gemmell of ESPN.com.
Mariota is a fascinating prospect, due in large part to his tremendous athleticism. He was evolving quickly as a passer over the course of the season, which really opened eyes. Each week has looked as if he had a little better grasp of the subtle nuance of playing quarterback, which made him even more dangerous.
If he could be worked into an NFL-college hybrid offense, his lively arm would balance with his remarkable speed and athleticism quite well.
This season has in no way gone the way Mariota had hoped. Entering the season, thoughts of a Heisman Trophy, a BCS National Championship and a first-round selection were all realistic. Although it was never confirmed, it appeared that Mariota suffered a knee sprain clear bac...

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