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Marcus Mariota headed to the Titans

Marcus Mariota headed to the Titans

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

After all the talk, Chip Kelly stayed put. The Jets didn't make a move, the Chargers kept Rivers and the Titans put the future of its franchise in the hands of Marcus Mariota.

A challenge he says he's more than ready for.

"I just got to continue to do my job and that's learning the playbook, finding ways to contribute to the team however that may be. being the best teammate i can be. from there not worry about the distractions and worry about the team and our goal, “ said Mariota at his press conference Thursday afternoon.

"They'll have him 24-7, so he'll be able to adjust and absorb a lot of information. That they give him to process. Play calling, different concepts. He's a film nut, a gym rat, he's self driven,” said Vincent Passas, who coached Marcus for years. Darnell Arceneaux had him for a season.

And the running theme is the former Crusader is even a first-rounder off the field. "It's contagious what Marcus has. It was just a blessing to be around him for one year at St. Louis and he made our coaching staff better. He made our players better. He made our school better,"

said Arceneaux.

Once the pick was made it ensured Mariota is the only Hawaii-born player to go this high in the draft.

He's hopeful he won't be the only one.

"You know i'm sure in the future they'll be a guy that goes one and I hope that's soon because there's a lot of talent here. It'll be that day soon. We'll see."

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