EUGENE, Oregon – University of Oregon redshirt-sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota has been named to the 2013 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced today. The reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year is one of 34 student-athletes on the watch list. Mariota was a semi-finalist for the award last season.
The Hawai’i native was also recently named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s College Player of the Year, along with teammate De’Anthony Thomas.
Mariota garnered first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2012 after setting the conference record for touchdown passes by a freshman. He was the nation’s seventh most efficient passer last season, completing 230 of 336 attempts for 2,677 yards. In his first year as signal-caller, he set school records in completion percentage (68.5) and total touchdowns (38). Mariota had 3,429 yards in total offense last season to lead the Ducks to a 12-1 record and a Tostitos Fiesta Bowl victory.
Mariota is one of five 2012 semi-finalists for the award to be named in this year’s watch list. Mariota is joined by the Pac-12’s Kevin Hogan (Stanford), Brett Hundley (UCLA), Taylor Kelly (Arizona State) and Keith Price (Washington) on the watch list.
The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Monday, Nov. 25. The 2013 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12.