Marcus Mariota and Hroniss Grasu were both projected to be high draft picks in 2014, but both delayed turning professional to return to the UO and complete their degrees. (Photo: Eric Evans)
Originally published on GoDucks.com
By Rob Moseley
EUGENE, Ore. -- Quarterback Marcus Mariota and center Hroniss Grasu will return to the University of Oregon for the 2014 season.
Mariota, a redshirt sophomore from Honolulu, and Grasu, a redshirt junior from Los Angeles, announced their intentions a day after earning all-Pac-12 accolades from the conference’s head coaches for the second straight year.
“It is an honor to be a student at the University of Oregon and to have the opportunity to represent our institution on the football field alongside my teammates,” said Mariota. “I look forward to earning my degree next year and to the rest of my career at this great University.”
Mariota completed 227 of 360 passes for
3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns as a
sophomore, with his 3,994 yards of total
offense setting a single-season school
record. (Photo: Eric Evans)
Mariota, who has claimed a share of Oregon’s Most Outstanding Player honors in each of his first two seasons, completed 227 of 360 passes (63.1%) for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns as a sophomore, with his 3,994 yards of total offense setting a single-season school record.
The 2012 Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, Mariota has started all 25 games for the Ducks in his two seasons and is currently the conference’s career leader in pass efficiency rating at 165.67. He is the only quarterback from a BCS AQ conference team to pass for at least 30 touchdowns the past two years and his current streak of 25 straight games with at least one touchdown pass is the third-longest in the nation.
Grasu, a three-year starter at center, has anchored an Oregon offensive line that played a pivotal role in the Ducks’ winning back-to-back BCS bowl games the past two seasons and achieved a 10-2 regular season mark this year. The 2012 third-team all-America was a candidate for the Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy this season.
“The University of Oregon is a special place and I’m extremely happy to be returning for my senior year,” Grasu said. “To be a student-athlete in this community is an honor and an experience I’ll continue to cherish with my teammates.”