XN Sports Heisman Watch: Gordon, Barrett Putting Pressure On Mariota


Oregon QB Marcus Mariota – Mariota leads the nation in passing efficiency and has thrown 32 TD passes with only two interceptions. He has thrown for 3,103 yards and has also rushed for 597 yards and nine TDs. Mariota threw for three RDs and ran for another in Saturday’s win over Colorado, the fourth straight game he has accounted for four or more TDs. It was a fitting end to the star QB’s home career, if indeed he does leave for the NFL, as the Ducks will be on the road for this week’s “Civil War” showdown with Oregon State and then at a neutral site for the Pac-12 title game. “If this was my last game at Autzen, it was truly special,” Mariota said after the win over the Buffaloes. “It will be one of those things I will hold close to my heart for the rest of my life.”

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