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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Kevin Gemmell would like you to get to know a Pac-12 QB, Marcus Mariota.

What you need to know about Mariota: Following the departure of Darron Thomas, Mariota was locked in a nearly eight-month competition with Bryan Bennett. Mariota winning the job was considered a mild upset at the time because many thought it would be Bennett, considering he’d backed up Thomas and saw action in nine games the previous season. But a week before the start of the 2012 season, then-coach Chip Kelly pulled the trigger on Mariota, and the Ducks have benefited with a 23-3 mark with him as the starter. He’s a heavy Heisman favorite heading into the season, and many are predicting him to be the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft.

Ted Miller wonders if this is the Pac-12's year for a perfect passing storm.

■ Was the Pac-12/10 expansion a good thing or not?

■ Dale Newton says Oregon just finished their best fall camp ever but wonders it it will be enough.


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