Oregon QB Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy - NBC Connecticut

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

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    (L-R) Amari Cooper, Melvin Gordon, and Marcus Mariota pose for a picture with the Heisman Trophy during a press confrence at the New York Marriott Marquis on December 13, 2014 in New York City.

    Marcus Mariota has won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first Oregon player to earn college football's top individual honor.

    A pinpoint passer with wide-receiver speed, Mariota came into his junior the season as the favorite to win the Heisman and delivered a performance that turned the presentation ceremony into a foregone conclusion.

    The first Hawaii native to win the Heisman has accounted for a Pac-12-record 53 touchdowns (38 passing, 14 rushing and one receiving) while directing the Ducks' warp-speed spread offense, and leading Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff.

    It will be a matchup of Heisman-winning quarterbacks in the Rose Bowl semifinal Jan. 1 with Mariota and the second-seeded Ducks facing Florida State and Jameis Winston.