He may end up being the No. 1 overall pick in this spring’s NFL draft, but that doesn’t mean Marcus Mariota has everyone convinced he’s the best quarterback available.
If the Jets are entertaining any notions of moving up in the draft to get one of the two top-rated quarterbacks available, they better look in the rearview. At least one team is reportedly plotting a power move.
Mariota and Florida State’s Jameis Winston are considered the top two quarterbacks in this year’s draft. With the sixth overall pick, the QB-needy Jets could be just out of reach.
The final chapter of a new era in college football will be written Monday night in Arlington, Texas. The first year of the College Football Playoff will come to a close with Pac-12 champion Oregon squaring off against Big Ten champion Ohio State with the first, truly definitive, outright national championship on the line in the history of major college football.
The Buckeyes are looking for their first national title since 2002. The Ducks are seeking their first, period. Now they’ll take it to Texas for a championship game with which no one can argue.
Marcus Mariota and second-seeded Oregon (12-1) face Jameis Winston and third-seeded Florida State (13-0) on Thursday in the first national semifinal ever played at college football’s highest level.
“I’d like to play in the NFL,” the Heisman-winning quarterback joked Monday. “Does New York have any professional teams?”
In the locker room, Sunday’s win meant a whole lot to Rex Ryan and his players. On social media, it felt more like a loss to many Jets fans.
The Jets improved to 3-11 on Sunday, snapping a three-game skid with their first road win. They also hurt their chances at the top overall draft pick, not that any of these Jets care.
Forget Mariota. Forget Winston. The Jets won a game in the present, but likely lost out at a shot at a brighter future.
Marcus Mariota, the prototypical 21st century quarterback, took an old-fashioned approach to become Oregon’s first Heisman Trophy winner.
When you sit down in front of the wide-screen Sunday at 4 p.m., pull out those blue, red, and silver pom-poms and root your head off — for those valiant Tennessee Titans.
Many Jets fans want the team to lose the rest of its games so that it can select one of the two stud quarterbacks in next year’s draft. And while that could very well happen, veteran linebacker Calvin Pace doesn’t buy the logic.
Later this week the Heisman Trophy will add one new member to the most exclusive fraternity in sports. It is widely expected that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will hear his name announced as the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, which would make him the first player in program history to win the highest individual honor in college football.
With three games left, the race is on. Next Sunday could play a big part in deciding things with the Jets playing the lowly Titans in Tennessee.