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Local Connection: Hawaii's Heisman

By: Rick Blangiardi

Was there really ever any doubt? Marcus Mariota, the humble Hawaii kid, St. Louis school class of 2011 and quarterback extraordinaire has become the first college football player from the aloha state to win the Heisman trophy.

It was a landslide and with all due respect to Melvin Gordon, the running back from Wisconsin, and Amari Cooper, the wide receiver from Alabama, they really didn't stand a chance.

Marcus is an outstanding player as evidenced by his 53 running and passing touchdowns against only two interceptions and not to mention his team's 12-1 record, culminating with a 51-13 shellacking of Arizona in the PAC-12 championship.

Of all his accomplishments and accolades, we are sure one of the biggest was his recent award of the first-ever Polynesian college football player of the year.

Marcus is of Samoan descent and the announcment was made by Jesse Sapolu and Ma'a Tanuvasa.

He also took home the Maxwell award as the nation's most outstanding player and the Davey O'Brien award for being the best quarterback in college football and in addition to winning the Walter Camp player of the year award.

As Marcus and the Oregon Ducks enter the first-ever college football playoff it's important to note that Marcus was the third Heisman trophy finalist with Hawaii connections in seven years, joining Manti Teo and Colt Brennan who have been so honored.

We live in a small state but we are big on talent. Congratulations, Marcus Mariota, from Hawaii News Now.

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