EUGENE, Oregon (HawaiiNewsNow) - One day after being named the starting quarterback for 5th ranked Oregon, St. Louis alum, Marcus Mariota took to the Ducks practice field.
Mariota won a close competition with sophomore Bryan Bennett, but was tabbed the starter for Oregon's season opener at Arkansas State, becoming the first freshman since Danny O'Neill in 1991 to earn the honor.
"We had to come in for meetings and coach (Chip) Kelly and coach Harper brought us in individually and talked to us about how fall camp went and what they see in us." said Mariota. "It was surreal to finally get the news...you know, I'm going to take this in stride and continue to execute as an offense. And prepare for Arkansas state."
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said the selection of Mariota just felt right.
"We had 37 practice opportunities and through the body of work, we felt that Marcus gave us the best chance in our game when we open with Arkansas State. Marcus earned and won the starting job."