Marcus Mariota might be back to his old self soon.
The Oregon quarterback told The Oregonian on Tuesday that his knee felt good and that he might not use a brace when the Ducks take on Arizona in Tucson on Saturday.
Offensive coordinator Scott Frost on Saturday said he anticipates Mariota being close to 100 percent, perhaps to the point where he won’t need the brace against the Wildcats. Mariota said he will wait until later in the week to make that decision.
“The knee is good,’’ Mariota said. “I went through practice today and felt good.’’
Mariota said the knee brace is “a little more restrictive” but he said he doesn’t feel like it affects his decision making.
Mariota hasn’t been quite the same since he suffered a partial sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He has -16 yards rushing and zero touchdowns in his last three games after rushing for 493 and nine touchdowns in his first seven. His injury seems to have had a chilling effect on the Oregon run game as a whole, as the Ducks have averaged just 104 yards and 3.3 yards per rush in their last two outings.
But with Mariota’s knee feeling better, that might change against the Wildcats.