Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota (born October 30, 1993) is an American football quarterback for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Titans second overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon where he was the starting quarterback from 2012 to 2014. As a junior in 2014, Mariota became the first Oregon player and Hawaii-born athlete to ever win the Heisman Trophy.

 

 

Early life

Mariota was born in Honolulu to Alana Deppe-Mariota and Toa Mariota and has a younger brother, Matt Mariota; he is of Samoan descent on his father's side and German descent on his mother's side. He grew up admiring the quarterback play of fellow Samoan Jeremiah Masoli, who was also a standout quarterback at the Saint Louis School and the University of Oregon.[10] Mariota describes himself as a dedicated Christian.[11]

Mariota attended the Saint Louis School in Honolulu, where he was a two-sport star in football and track. In football, he was relatively unknown until late in his high school career due to not starting until his senior season.[12] As a senior, he helped lead St. Louis to an 11–1 record and the state title while being named PrepStar Magazine All-West Region and Interscholastic League of Honolulu Offensive Player of the Year.[13] Mariota threw for 2,597 yards on 165-of-225 passing attempts (64.7%), including 32 touchdowns against only five interceptions. He also rushed the ball 60 times for 455 yards (7.6 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns.[14] Mariota was named to the NUC All World Game alongside eventual 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.[15]

Also a standout track and field athlete, Mariota was a state track qualifier in the sprinting and jumping events.[16] At the 2010 National Underclassman Combine, he won the camp’s “Fastest Man” and “Combine King” awards after running a 4.48-second 40-yard dash. At the 2011 HHSAA T&F Championships, he earned fourth-place finishes in both the 200-meter dash (23.41 s) and the long jump (20 ft, 7 in), while also placing tenth in the 100-meter dash event at 11.63 seconds. He also ran the second leg on the St. Louis 4 × 100 m relay squad, helping them capture the state title with a time of 42.83 seconds.[17]

High school awards and honors

Recruitment
Mariota attended an Oregon football camp in the summer of 2010, which allowed Mark Helfrich, Oregon's then offensive coordinator, to be one of the first recruiters to discover Mariota.[12] After the camp, Helfrich visited Mariota in Hawaii to watch the somewhat unrecognized quarterback practice going into his senior season.[18] Helfrich called Chip Kelly during the visit and they made the decision to immediately offer Mariota a scholarship, despite never starting a varsity game.[18]

After his senior season, he was rated the No. 2 recruiting prospect in the state of Hawaii and No. 12 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com.[10] He was recruited by the Oregon Ducks, Hawaii, Memphis, Utah, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona, Notre Dame, UCLA, and USC but was only offered a scholarship by Memphis and Oregon.[10]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeight40Commit date
Marcus Mariota
QB
Honolulu, HawaiiSaint Louis School6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)211 lb (96 kg)4.5Oct 30, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 24 (QB)   Rivals: 24 (QB)  ESPN: 71 (QB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • . Rivals.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  • . Scout.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  • . ESPN.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  • . Scout.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  • . Rivals.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 

College career

2012 season

 

After redshirting the 2011 season, Mariota was showcased in 2012 as the first freshman to start a season opener for the Ducks in 22 seasons.[10] He helped lead Oregon to a 12–1 record and the #2 final season ranking while being named Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team, Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year, and earning the 2013 Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP Award as he guided the Ducks to a 35–17 victory over #5 Kansas State.

Starting in all 13 games, Mariota threw for 2,677 yards on 230-of-336 passing attempts (68.5%), including 32 touchdowns against only six interceptions. He also rushed the ball 106 times for 752 yards (7.1 yards per carry) and five touchdowns. His athletic versatility was exhibited against Arizona State,[10] when he caught a touchdown pass, threw a touchdown pass, and then ran for an 86-yard touchdown, achieving all three scores with 12 minutes still left in first half.[10]

2013 season

Mariota earned Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team honors for the second consecutive year[10] after setting a Pac-12 record from the end of the 2012 season into the 2013 season by attempting 353 passes without an interception.[10] Starting in all 13 games, he completed 245-of-386 passing attempts (63.5%) for 3,665 yards with 31 touchdowns and only four interceptions, while rushing for 715 yards (7.4 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns.

Mariota suffered a partial tear of the MCL against UCLA on October 26 but continued to play the remainder of the season.[10] After Oregon’s 8-0 start, Mariota was featured on the national cover of the November 4, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated[10] as the favorite to win the Heisman trophy before the #2 ranked Ducks fell to #6 Stanford on November 7. Despite Oregon's 11–2 season record and top-ten ranking, Mariota’s sophomore season was considered a letdown after the Ducks failed to reach a BCS bowl berth for the first time since the 2008 season.[10]

After a loss to Arizona on November 23, Oregon’s first loss to an unranked opponent since 2008,[11] Mariota and the Ducks bounced back to beat rival Oregon State 36–35 in the Civil War. Mariota threw a touchdown pass to Josh Huff with 29 seconds remaining to give Oregon the come from behind victory over the Beavers.[11]

Mariota guided the Ducks to their third consecutive bowl victory, beating Texas 30–7 in the 2013 Alamo Bowl while being honored as the game's Offensive MVP after rushing for 133 yards on 15 carries and finishing with 386 total yards. He finished the 2013 season with 4,380 yards of total offense, becoming the only player in Oregon history to eclipse 4,000 yards in a season.[11]

2014 season

 

Prior to the Alamo Bowl on December 30, 2013, Mariota announced his decision to bypass the NFL Draft and return for the 2014 season.[11] Considered by many to be a Heisman Trophy favorite entering the 2014 season, Mariota was named to watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, and Davey O'Brien Award. Prior to the start of the 2014 season, Mariota was considered one of the best prospects for the NFL Draft.

On December 11, 2014 at the annual College Football Awards show in Orlando, Florida, Mariota won the Davey O'Brien Award for the nation's best quarterback, and the Walter Camp and Maxwell Award's, both awarded to the nation's best football player.[11] The next day back in Eugene, Mariota graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in General Sciences, with an emphasis on human physiology, accomplishing one of his goals in returning to play after the 2013 season.[11]

On December 13, 2014, Mariota became the first Oregon Duck and Hawaii-born athlete to win the Heisman Trophy.[11] He had 788 out of 891 (88.4%) of the first place votes, and 90.9% of the total points.

After a 12–1 regular season record,[11] the Ducks were selected to play in the 2015 Rose Bowl, a semifinal game in the College Football Playoff, against Florida State and Jameis Winston. Mariota was named the Offensive MVP in the 59–20 victory, after throwing for 338 yards with two passing touchdowns and rushing for 62 yards with one touchdown.[11] With the win, Oregon faced Ohio State in the National Championship and lost by a score of 42–20. Coming into this game, he was set to clinch the All-Time lowest interception record, until the final 27 seconds where the last pass of the game was intercepted by cornerback Eli Apple. The loss to the Buckeyes was Mariota's final collegiate game as he entered the 2015 NFL Draft a few days later.[11]

College statistics

 PassingRushing
SeasonTeamGPW-LCOMPATTPCTYDSYDS/CTDINTRATQBRATTYDSYDS/ATD
2012Oregon1312–123033668.522,67711.6326163.2286.2210675247.15
2013Oregon1311–224538663.53,66515.0314167.7288.02967157.449
2014Oregon1513–230444568.34,45414.7142241181.7190.8113577045.74154
CareerOregon4136–57791,16766.810,79613.810514171.83372,2376.629

1 - NCAA Leader
2 - Pac-12 Leader
3 - NCAA Leader (QB)
4 - Pac-12 Leader (QB)

Awards & honors

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Mariota scrambling against South Dakota in 2014

2012

  • Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year [39]
  • Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team (Pac-12 Coaches,[40] ESPN.com, Phil Steele[41])
  • Pac-12 Academic All-Conference Honorable Mention[43]
  • Honorable Mention All-America (SI.com)[44]
  • Manning Award Finalist
  • Team’s Most Outstanding Player (Skeie’s Award)
  • Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP (January 3, 2013)

2013

  • Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team (Pac-12 Coaches,[40] Phil Steele[45])
  • Sports Illustrated Cover, Aug 19
  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Pac-12 Coaches) Oct 7
  • Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, Oct 13
  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Pac-12 Coaches) Oct 14
  • Sports Illustrated Cover, Nov 4
  • Team's Most Outstanding Player (Skeie's Award)
  • Team's Most Inspirational Player (Wilford Gonyea Award)
  • Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP
  • CFPA Quarterback Trophy Winner[46]

2014

 
  • Athlon Sports National Player of the Week[47] Sep 7
  • Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week[48] Sep 7
  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Pac-12 Coaches)[49] Sep 8
  • Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week[13] Sep 9
  • Sports Illustrated Cover, Sep 22
  • Senior Bowl National Offensive Player of the Week[13] Oct 20
  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Pac-12 Coaches)[13] Oct 27
  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Pac-12 Coaches)[13] Nov 3
  • Team's Most Outstanding Player (Skeie's Award)
  • Team's Most Inspirational Player (Wilford Gonyea Award)†
  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year (Pac-12 Coaches)
  • Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team (Pac-12 Coaches)
  • Pac-12 Championship Game MVP
  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
  • Polynesian College Football Player of the Year[13]
  • Davey O'Brien Award
  • Walter Camp Award
  • Walter Camp All-America Team
  • Maxwell Award
  • Heisman Trophy[13]
  • Associated Press Player of the Year[13]
  • Sports Illustrated Cover, Dec 29
  • Rose Bowl Offensive MVP (January 1, 2015)
  • Manning Award

†Shared award

College Records

Pac-12 Conference

  • Career total touchdowns, 135
  • Single season total offense, 5,224 yards (2014)
  • Single season total touchdowns, 58 (2014)
  • Freshman passing touchdowns, 32 (2012)
  • Passes attempted without an interception, 353 (2012-2013)

Oregon

  • Career total offensive yards, 13,089 yards
  • Career passing yards, 10,801
  • Career passing touchdowns, 105 TD
  • Single season passing yards, 4,454 yards (2014)
  • Single season passing touchdowns, 42 (2014)
  • Single game passing touchdowns, 6 TD (2012, at California)

Conference records are also school records; once a conference record is recorded, its corresponding school record is removed. For example, the record for single season total touchdowns is only recorded in the conference section, but it is both a conference record and University of Oregon record.

Professional career

Mariota was selected with the second overall pick in the first round by the Tennessee Titans in the 2015 NFL Draft behind Jameis Winston.[13][13]

In 2016, Oregon unveiled their 30,000 square-foot Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center.

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40‑yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20‑ss3‑coneVert jumpBroadWonderlic
6 ft 3 34 in
(1.92 m)
222 lb
(101 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9 78 in
(0.25 m)
4.52 s1.57 s2.62 s4.11 s6.87 s36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
33[13]
All values from NFL Combine

2015 season: Rookie year

In May 2015, Mariota had the best-selling NFL jersey in the league, beating out the first overall pick Jameis Winston, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Tom Brady, of the New England Patriots, who had the second and third highest selling jerseys, respectively. "It's surreal for me, it's such an honor," Mariota said. "For me it's one of those deals, looking back on it in the future, it's a crazy, crazy deal for sure."[14]

Mariota and the Titans agreed to a contract on July 21, 2015. This made Mariota the last first-round pick to be signed and for the second straight year, the Titans were the last team to sign their first-round pick.[14] Mariota signed a four-year, $24,213,974 contract with the Tennessee Titans. This includes a $15,870,164 signing bonus, $24,213,974 guaranteed, with an average annual salary of $6,053,494. [14]

Mariota made his professional debut on August 14, 2015 in the first preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons where he completed 7 out of 8 passes for 94 yards with an interception and a lost fumble returned for a touchdown.

Playing his first career regular season game on September 13, 2015 in Week 1 against the 2015 first overall draft pick Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mariota threw for 209 yards and four touchdowns in a 42–14 victory.[14][14] In that game, Mariota gained a perfect passer rating of 158.3, making him the first quarterback in NFL history to attain a perfect passer rating in his first regular season game. Mariota became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes in the first half of his NFL debut.[14] He is also the youngest quarterback to reach the perfect passer rating (21 years, 318 days), surpassing Robert Griffin III.

In Week 2 against 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns, Mariota completed 21 of his 37 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns in the 28–14 loss.

In Week 3, Mariota played his first regular season home game. Against the Indianapolis Colts, Mariota completed 27 out of 44 passes for 367 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the 35–33 loss. Mariota became the youngest quarterback in franchise history to throw for over 300 yards in a game. He also holds an NFL record for touchdown passes in his first three games with eight.

On November 8, Mariota picked up his second career win and his first fourth-quarter/overtime comeback in a 34–28 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints, a game in which Mariota threw for a career-high 371 yards and four touchdowns. He also became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to have two games with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

In Week 13, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he went 20-of-29, throwing for 268 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 112 yards on the day, including an 87-yard run for a touchdown. The Titans won the game by a score of 42–39.

In Week 14, in the third quarter, running back Antonio Andrews threw a 41-yard passing touchdown to Mariota in the wildcat formation. Mariota became the first quarterback in franchise history to catch a touchdown reception. He also became the first NFL player since Walter Payton in the 1983 season to pass for a touchdown, rush for a touchdown and catch a touchdown pass of at least 40 yards.[14]

In Week 15, Mariota completed 3-of-6 passes for 32 yards against the New England Patriots before leaving the game in the second quarter with a knee injury.[14] The next day on December 21, it was revealed that Mariota was diagnosed with another MCL sprain, and the Titans announced that he would miss the remainder of the season. Zach Mettenberger played in his place to close out the season. In 12 games of his rookie year in 2015, Mariota had 2,818 passing yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In addition, he rushed for 252 yards with two rushing touchdowns.

2016 season

Mariota was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November after passing for 1,124 yards with 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions.[14] He fractured his right fibula in Week 16 in a 38–17 Christmas Eve loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.[14] He underwent surgery and was out for the final game of the season.[15][15][15] Without Mariota, the Titans finished 9-7 and missed out on the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year.

Mariota finished the 2016 season with a career-high 3,426 passing yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions.[15] He was ranked 50th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[15]

2017 season

On September 10, 2017, against the Oakland Raiders in the season opener, Mariota recorded a rushing touchdown in the first quarter for the Titans' first points of the 2017 season. He finished the game 25-of-41 for 256 yards and totaled three rushes for 26 yards in the 26–16 defeat.[15]

During Week 4 against the Houston Texans, Mariota was limited to 96 passing yards and 39 rushing yards. He rushed for two touchdowns before leaving the 57–14 defeat with a hamstring injury.[15] He missed Week 5 against the Dolphins, but he returned in Week 6 against the Colts and led the Titans to a 36–22 victory.

NFL statistics

TeamsPassingRushing
SeasonTeamGPGSCompAttPctYdsAvgTDIntRateAttYdsAvgTD
2015Tennessee Titans121223037062.22,8187.6191091.5342527.42
2016Tennessee Titans151527645161.23,4267.626995.6603495.82
Career272750682161.66,2447.6451993.8946016.44

See also