Oregon junior named nation’s top quarterback
FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 11, 2014) – Oregon’s Marcus Mariota has been named the 2014 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner in a live announcement on The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN. Mariota is the first winner in Oregon history and the first recipient from a Pac-12 Conference school since UCLA’s Troy Aikman in 1988.
Mariota was selected as the winner over fellow finalists Trevone Boykin (TCU) and Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) after totaling the ballots from the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee as well as fan votes recorded at VoteOBrien.org.
Mariota has directed the Ducks to a 12-1 record and the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoffs, where the Ducks will face No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day. This year, the junior has passed for 3,783 yards and 38 touchdowns on 254-of-372 passing with just two interceptions. In addition, he has rushed for 669 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught one pass for 26 yards and a score.
The native of Honolulu, Hawaii, tops the country in passing efficiency (186.3) and points responsible for (318). In addition, he is second in passing touchdowns (38), fifth in total offense (342.5), fifth in passing yards (3,783) and seventh in completion percentage (.683).
He has recorded 10 games with four or more touchdowns this season, the most of any Football Bowl Subdivision player. In addition, Mariota established a new Pac-12 single-season record with 53 total touchdowns, the eighth-best total in NCAA history. His 4,478 combined yards of offense this season are an Oregon record.
In the Pac-12 Championship against Arizona, Mariota threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a career-high three scores to earn Most Valuable Player honors in a 51-13 victory. He was also named Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and was first-team all-conference for the third consecutive year.
Mariota is the fourth player in NCAA history with 10,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards in a career, a list that includes Davey O’Brien Award winner Robert Griffin III (Baylor, 2011).
In addition, Mariota is a finalist for both the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award. Each of the last four players to win the Davey O’Brien Award—Cam Newton (2010), Robert Griffin III (2011), Johnny Manziel (2012) and Jameis Winston (2013)—went on to be awarded the Heisman Trophy. Dating back to 2006, seven of the eight Davey O’Brien winners also claimed the Heisman.
Mariota joins a list of national quarterback winners that includes: Jim McMahon (BYU, 1981), Todd Blackledge (Penn State, 1982), Steve Young (BYU, 1983), Doug Flutie (Boston College, 1984), Chuck Long (Iowa, 1985), Vinny Testaverde (Miami, 1986), Don McPherson (Syracuse, 1987), Troy Aikman (UCLA, 1988), Andre Ware (Houston, 1989), Ty Detmer (BYU, 1990-91), Gino Torretta (Miami, 1992), Charlie Ward (Florida State, 1993), Kerry Collins (Penn State, 1994), Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1995-96), Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Michael Bishop (Kansas State, 1998), Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech, 1999), Chris Weinke (Florida State, 2000), Eric Crouch (Nebraska, 2001), Brad Banks (Iowa, 2002), Jason White (Oklahoma, 2003-04), Vince Young (Texas, 2005), Troy Smith (Ohio State, 2006), Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007), Sam Bradford (Oklahoma, 2008), Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009), Cam Newton (Auburn, 2010), Robert Griffin III (Baylor, 2011), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, 2012) and Jameis Winston (Florida State, 2013).
Mariota is the third junior in the last five years to claim the honor and the ninth junior ever named. He will be honored at the 38th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas.
About the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award®
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O’Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics.
The award is overseen by the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away more than $900,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org. The 2014 Davey O’Brien winner will be honored at the 38th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 16, 2015, in Fort Worth.
American Airlines is the official travel partner of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.
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