The only thing left for Marcus Mariota to win at Oregon is the national championship.
The Ducks’ star quarterback is The Associated Press college football player of the year, adding yet another honor to his spectacular season.
Mariota won the AP vote in the same landslide fashion he won the Heisman Trophy. He received 49 of the 54 votes submitted by the AP Top 25 media panel. Alabama receiver Amari Cooper drew three votes. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had one vote each.
Mariota is the first Oregon player to win AP player of the year, which was first awarded in 1998, and the eighth quarterback to win in the past nine years.
The junior has also won the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp player of the year, and the Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which go to the top quarterbacks in the country.
Oregon will face Florida State and last year’s Heisman winner and AP player of the year, Winston, in the College Football Playoff semifinals Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl. The winner will face Alabama or Ohio State in the national championship game Jan. 12 in North Texas.
With his combination of speed and a strong arm, Mariota is a play of the day waiting to happen.
He set a Pac-12 record by accounting for 53 touchdowns, including 38 TD passes. He is the highest rated passer in the country (186.33) and has thrown for 3,783 yards and just two interceptions.
“He’s an absolute competitor, an incredible perfectionist,” Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said.