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Hawaii's Heisman Hopeful: The Marcus Effect

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

While the Heisman Trophy won't be awarded until Saturday, Marcus Mariota's high school is already reaping the benefits.

"It's the Marcus Effect" explained Sione Thompson, Assistant Head of Schools at St Louis.

"We've started to see a lot of Oregon jerseys on campus, and a lot of those jerseys turned into #8 jerseys. It brings a lot of pride, it brings a lot of brotherhood, just a sense of belonging".

Thompson said Marcus embodies what St Louis School is all about: humility, brotherhood, and service to others. It's those qualities that make him the perfect pitchman for a campus that has recently had to weather some ups and downs.

"With the amount of exposure that one of our graduates has, not only are we so proud of that--but we need to capitalize on that. I think it's great for his family. It's great for St Louis. It's great for the state of Hawaii" said Thompson.

The hope is that Marcus' success not only bolsters attendance and academics but athletics as well.

"We didn't know what it was like to lose a state championship or Prep Bowl as it was known in my day” said Thompson of the Crusaders dominance in the 1990's.

“With Marcus, and the hype, it's like we're back in that era again of winning".

Come Saturday - award or not - St Louis School and Mariota are already victors

"His moral compass guides him to make decisions in the right manner, and I think that's what we all appreciate".

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