Three years ago, I thought Bryan Bennett would be Oregon's quarterback. Instead, Mariota, who previously hadn't played a down of college football, seized the job with both hands. Mariota took the Ducks to a 12-1 season and a victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
■ Dale Newton says the beginning of hope starts with DeForest Buckner.
[Ron] Aiken told goduck.com’s Rob Moseley, “Recruiting is still going on right now, but the biggest recruit of the year is DeForest Buckner.”