Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on October 30, 1993. A quarterback for the Oregon Ducks, he has been named offensive MVP in two bowl games and was named as the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year for 2012.
Mariota attended Saint Louis School, but remained something of an unknown commodity until late into his high school career. In the summer of 2010, Mariota attended an Oregon football camp, where he caught the attention of Mark Helfrich, who was Oregon's offensive coordinator at the time. Despite the fact that Mariota had never started a varsity game at that point, Helfrich and Chip Kelly offered him a scholarship soon after, which Mariota committed to.
In his senior year, Mariota helped to lead St. Louis to the HHSAA Division 1 State Championship, with the team posting an 11-1 record for the season. He was voted the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Offensive Player of the Year and was named to the NUC All World Game. Following the success of his senior season, his reputation was significantly enhanced and he was ranked as the number two recruiting prospect in Hawaii.
After redshirting in 2011, Mariota made his debut for the Oregon Ducks in the season opener in 2012. As a result, he became the first freshman to start a season opener for the team in over 20 years. Over the course of the season, he helped the team to achieve a 12-1 record and, in addition to his Freshman Offensive Player of the Year award, he also earned Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team honors. In January 2012, the Ducks beat the Kansas State Wildcats 35-17 to win the Fiesta Bowl and Mariota was selected as the game's Offensive MVP.
Between the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Mariota set a Pac-12 record, attempting a total of 353 passes without an interception. Despite suffering an injury in October, he completed the season and was once again named in the Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team. In December, Mariota guided the team to a 30-7 victory over the Texas Longhorns at the 2013 Alamo Bowl, where he was once again chosen as the Offensive MVP. He finished his sophomore season with 4,380 yards of offense in total, becoming the first Ducks player to ever break the 4,000 yards mark in a single season.
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