Many people believe that University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will have his name called early in the NFL Draft.
Those people will have to wait until at least 2015 to find out if they’re correct. Mariota, a redshirt sophomore who has lit up scoreboards and record books in Oregon’s parade of uniforms over the past two seasons, announced Tuesday that he will return for another year in Eugene.
“It is an honor to be a student at the University of Oregon and to have the opportunity to represent our institution on the football field alongside my teammates,” Mariota said, via the school. “I look forward to earning my degree next year and to the rest of my career at this great University.”
Mariota had been projected to be one of the first two or three quarterbacks off the board next year, which leaves teams to look elsewhere in the collegiate ranks. With the Texans, Jaguars, Jets, Raiders, Browns and Vikings all likely to be in the market for help at the position, you can be sure every nook and cranny will be checked.