Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota has declared his eligibility for the NFL draft.
The Ducks quarterback announced on Oregon’s website that he would forgo his senior season. The school said he filed paperwork Wednesday, a day before the NFL deadline.
“I will miss being with my teammates,” he said in a statement. “Being a part of this team was something special that I will always treasure.”
He is expected to be a high first-round pick in the draft.
Mariota was the humble leader of Oregon’s high-flying offense. The 13-2 Ducks defeated Florida State in the Rose Bowl in college football’s first playoffs, but fell 42-20 to Ohio State in Monday night’s national championship game.
Mariota won every major award he qualified for, starting with the Heisman Trophy, as well as AP Player of the Year and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. He set a conference record for most touchdowns in a single season with 58; 42 via pass, 15 on the run and a touchdown catch.
His passing touchdowns set a Pac-12 single-season record. He also set the conference’s career mark for career touchdowns with 136.
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