It’s Marcus Mariota‘s world. We’re all just living in it.
Mariota was named the 2014 Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Thursday after a superb junior campaign that’s expected to result in a Heisman Trophy as well.
“Marcus Mariota’s consistency and overall performance for the high-scoring Ducks has been spectacular,” Foundation president James Monico said in statement. “We are pleased to recognize him and join an impressive list of past Player of the Year recipients.”
The five finalists for the award were named last week with Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon joining Mariota.
The Ducks quarterback was simply outstanding this season.
The junior signal-caller completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,783 yards, 38 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Mariota also ran the ball 117 times for 669 yards and 14 more touchdowns. The Oregon product also became the Pac-12 Conference’s all-time leader in touchdowns accounted for along the way. He even led his team to a Pac-12 championship and a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff.
Mariota is the eighth quarterback to win the award in the last 10 years. He is also the first member of the Oregon Ducks to be honored.
It’s the first award Mariota won this year, but it certainly won’t be the last.