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Marcus Mariota can run but ...

... Oregon's Heisman contender can't hide from the spotlight

Originally Published: August 23, 2014
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

MARCUS MARIOTA appreciates the irony.

The Oregon Ducks quarterback turned down the 2014 NFL draft to return for a fourth season in Eugene. Why? A pile of reasons, really.

He wants to win a Pac-12 championship, something the team hasn't done on his watch. He wants to lead the Ducks to 12 wins, which they failed to reach in 2013 -- the first time in four seasons they fell short. He wants to helm Oregon to a slot in the inaugural College Football Playoff, giving the school its ...

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