The College Football Awards show ended exactly how it began…with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota clinching another major award.
Mariota was a finalist for three awards. The Ducks quarterback won all three.
After winning the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback and being named the 2014 Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year, Mariota completed the clean sweep by winning the Maxwell Award as college football’s most outstanding player.
With two Player of the Year awards now in tow, Mariota only has one individual award remaining that can be added to his trophy case. The Oregon quarterback is the favorite to claim the Heisman Trophy Saturday. If he does, he’ll be the sixth quarterback in college football history to win all four awards in the same season.
Winning the Maxwell Award is not always the best indicator of who will claim the Heisman Trophy. After all, the last Heisman Trophy winner to also win the Maxwell Award was Auburn’s Cam Newton in 2010.
However, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, who were both finalists for the Maxwell Award, were also finalists for the other awards Mariota eventually won. This simply appears to be the year of Mariota.
After being recognized for three different awards, it simply emphasizes how dominant Mariota was this season. The junior quarterback’s 38-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio is stupefying. Plus, Mariota was finally able to prove that he could lead his team past the Stanford Cardinal to a Pac-12 championship and possibly a national championship. Those are the ultimate goals.
Until he gets an opportunity to do so, the pride of the Hawaiian Islands can enjoy each of the awards he earned Thursday night.