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Mariota, Ekpre-Olomu and Grasu Repeat as Pac-12 Honorees
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 12/02/2013
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – University of Oregon standouts Marcus Mariota, Hroniss Grasu and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu all repeated as first-team Pac-12 Conference all-league selections as announced Monday morning by Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.

Mariota becomes the league’s first two-time first-team all-conference quarterback since Stanford’s Andrew Luck received the recognition following the 2010 and 2011 seasons and is the Ducks’ first two-time honoree at that position since Chris Miller in 1985 and ‘86.

In addition, senior defensive lineman Taylor Hart was accorded second-team all-league honors, as was junior defensive back Erick Dargan, who earned the distinction as a special teams standout.

Mariota, who has claimed a share of Oregon’s Most Outstanding Player honors in each of his first two seasons, completed 227 of 360 passes (631%) for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns as a sophomore, with his 3,994 yards of total offense setting a single-season school record. The mark surpassed Akili Smith’s previous record of 3,947 yards accumulated in 1998.

The Honolulu, Hawaii native’s 2013 output also ranks second on the school’s single-season passing yards list as he ranks sixth in the country in passing efficiency, tied for sixth in total points responsible for (234) and ninth nationally in touchdown passes.

Ekpre-Olomu ranks second on the team in tackles (78) and interceptions (3) after the junior cornerback posted 12 unassisted tackles and one interception in Saturday’s 36-35 win over Oregon State.

Grasu anchored an offensive line that led the Pac-12 in rushing for the eighth year in row (278.3 avg.), in addition to pacing the league in total offense (573.0) and scoring (46.8).

Oregon players who received honorable mention all-conference acclaim included wide receivers Bralon Addision and Josh Huff, offensive tackle Tyler Johnstone, defensive linemen Wade Keliikipi and Tony Washington, linebacker Derrick Malone and running back Byron Marshall.

Also Monday, Huff was named Pac-12 offensive player of the week following his three-touchdown performance in the Civil War.

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