Oregon quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Marcus Mariota will enter the NFL draft, the school announced Wednesday.
“After meeting with my family I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility and apply for the 2015 NFL draft,” Mariota said. “My four years at the University of Oregon have been an awesome experience. I cannot thank Coach Kelly, Coach Helfrich, Coach Frost, the rest of the Oregon coaches and the support staff enough for molding me as a person, player and student-athlete.”
The 6-4 junior from Honolulu, Hawaii threw for 5,224 yards. 58 touchdowns this season and led Oregon to the national title game, where the Ducks lost to Ohio State, 42-20.
Mariota passed for a touchdown in all of his 41 career starts and is the only three-time first-team all-Pac-12 quarterback.
“It’s been an honor to watch Marcus develop over the last four years, and I’m excited to see what his future holds,” Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich said. “He’s given this program everything we could have asked, and he’ll be the standard by which others are judged. Mahalo.”
Mariota and Florida State’s Jameis Winston, who faced off in the Rose Bowl, are the nation’s two top QB prospects. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans have the top two selections.
SOURCE: Tess Quinlan