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Monday, June 16, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Marcus Mariota will reach another milestone today as he'll join other graduates at Matt Knight arena. (Story courtesy of Ryan Thorburn at the R-G.)

Having a degree in hand will take a lot of the pressure off the program’s star, who plans to take a lighter load of courses this fall. Captaining the Ducks as a college graduate will also make Mariota’s parents, Toa and Alana, even more proud.

“It’s definitely a relief,” Mariota said. “I’m going to have an opportunity to really focus on football and not necessarily worry about my studies as much. …

“To get my degree, it was something as a family we decided this is what I went to school for. We wanted to finish what we started.”

■ Mike Merrell talks about the impact Devon Allen might have on the football team this year.

Somehow, I believe defensive coordinators will think twice about crowding the line of scrimmage to stop Byron Marshall, Thomas Tyner and Marcus Mariota from running, while leaving some relatively lead-footed cornerback on an island against Allen. If they don’t think twice, there is one Duck that is going to be doing a lot of pushups.


1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

Mariota is going to be missed...depending on this year, he could thrust himself into a spotlight bigger than Joey ever had. And that's saying something.