It was a clean sweep for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota during the awards weekend. Mariota brings back to Eugene five awards; the Maxwell awards and the Walter Camp awards as the best player in the nation and the Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards as the best quarterback in the nation topped off by winning the Heisman Trophy in a landslide.
The question going into Saturday night wasn’t if Mariota would win, but what kind margin would he win by. Marcus Mariota had the second highest percentage possible points receiving 90.92 only behind Ohio State QB Troy Smith in 2006 who received 91.63. It should be noted that USC running back Reggie Bush received the highest in 2005 of 91.77, but was vacated due to the USC violations and sanctions
Since the inception of the Unitas Golden Arm award back in 1987 no quarterback has ever walked away with all five possible awards given to a player at the quarterback position, deservedly so. Consider the stats; 68.3 passing percentage, 3,783 passing yards with a 186.3 QBR; 669 yards rushing and accounted for 53 of the Ducks touchdowns with only 2 interceptions.
“This award belongs to my teammates,” Mariota said in his Heisman acceptance speech, “The amount of hard work and sacrifice each of them as made as not gone unnoticed.”
Just an example of the type of leader he has been all season. He never let the hype centered on him let it go to his head; he always finds a way to make it about the team. What else can this man accomplish to make this season complete? Ah, yes, a national championship. That will also take a team effort as Mariota and the Ducks will face last season’s Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State in the semifinals of the inaugural College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena January 1st.