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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ted Miller believes Marcus Mariota might be the best returning quarterback in the nation and makes his case.

As a redshirt freshman, he ranked seventh in the nation in passing efficiency. He completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 2,677 yards with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 752 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. 

He threw a touchdown pass in every game and one interception in his final seven games. He was named MVP in the Fiesta Bowl after leading a blowout win over Big 12 champion Kansas State, which capped a 12-1 season and a final No. 2 ranking for the Ducks. 

He earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors after leading an offense that ranked second in the nation in scoring (49.6 PPG) and fifth in total offense (537.4 YPG).

The potential combination of stats and wins might be enough to get Mariota to New York in December for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Kevin Gemmell puts a check mark next to Eugene for one of the stops on the Pac-12 ultimate road trip in week five as Cal visits Autzen.

■ revisits Danny O'Neil and Cristin McLemore's record night at Stanford in 1994.

■ Ted Miller says Oregon's (NCAA) demise is exaggerated.

The Ducks, who welcome back 15 starting position players from a team that finished 12-1 and ranked No. 2 in the nation behind Alabama, are laden with star power on both sides of the ball. 

The Oregon juggernaut shows no signs of abating on the field.


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