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Hawaii's Heisman Hopeful: Marcus Mariota's teammates talk about transition

EUGENE, OREGON (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Wednesday was bright, but brisk in Eugene. Temperatures hit a daytime high in the mid 40's. No matter for a handful of stout Oregon players who shrugged off the temps and conducted interviews in soaking wet t-shirts, shorts and in one instance, barefoot.

Such a scene is not uncommon, but to think they were all from Hawaii makes it more impressive. Bronson Yim, Isaac Ava, Koa Ka'ai and Davis Miyashiro (Deforest Buckner was at class) are the OTHER student athletes from Hawaii who play for the Ducks.

'Other' than Marcus Mariota. The St Louis alum leads a contingent from the 808 making the adjustment to the culture and climate.

"When we first got here, it was cold" said Yim.

Ava, who was the barefoot interviewee, said it was simply a matter of adjusting. The group leaned on each other to do so. In doing that, the cadre became a family within a family.

"We're really tight knit" said Ka'ai.

Miyashiro, a freshman, pointed to Marcus as being a big brother figure for him.

Thursday, we'll speak exclusively with Marcus as he prepares for what could be his final collegiate home game, against Colorado Saturday. Our series on Hawaii's Heisman Hopeful continues through next week.

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