BY SPNW Staff 06:45PM 12/13/2014

Oregon’s Mariota wins Heisman in landside

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota not only won the 2014 Heisman Trophy, he captured the award with 90.9 percent of the first-place votes, second-largest margin in history.

A native of Hawaii, Marcus Mariota is the first Heisman winner to play at a Northwest school since Oregon State’s Terry Baker in 1962. / Greg Davis

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota won the 80th Heisman Trophy Saturday night in a landslide over Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Alabama’s Amari Cooper, becoming only the second player from a Northwest university to claim college football’s most coveted prize. Mariota’s win snapped a 52-year regional drought dating to 1962, when Oregon State quarterback Terry Baker captured the award.

A junior from Hawaii, Mariota received 2,534 points to Gordon’s 1,250 and Cooper’s 1,023. Mariota collected 90.9 percent of the first-place votes from 929 Heisman selectors, the second-highest percentage in Heisman history.

“I am humbled to be standing here and humbled by this award,” said Mariota, who teared up during the presentation ceremony. “I just hope and pray that this is only the beginning.”

Mariota generated 53 touchdowns, completing 254 of 372 passes (68.3 percent) for 3,783 yards, 38 TDs, only two interceptions and an efficiency rating of 186.3. He also rushed for 669 yards and 14 TDs and caught a 26-yard touchdown pass.

The Heisman is the latest award in Mariota’s postseason haul. In recent days, he also won the Walter Camp, Davey O’Brien, Maxwell and Johnny Unitas Gold Arm trophies.

Gordon, a redshirt junior running back, put together just the 10th 2,000-yard rushing season in FBS history. His total of 2,336 yards is the fourth-highest ever. Gordon, who announced this week that he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft, averaged 7.6 yards per carry and amassed 29 total touchdowns.

A junior receiver for Alabama, Cooper led the FBS in catches (115) and receiving yards (1,656) and tied for second in receiving touchdowns (14).

Mariota is the eighth Oregon player to finish in the top 10 in Heisman voting and the first since RB LaMichael James was third in 2010.

Since the award was first presented by New York’s Downtown Athletic Club in 1935, the following Northwest players have finished among the top 10 in Heisman Trophy voting.Washington’s Steve Emtman — fourth in 1991 — is the only defensive player on the list:

Year Player School CL Pos. Finish Winner
1962 Terry Baker OSU Sr. QB 1st ——
2014 Marcus Mariota UO Jr. QB 1st ——
1997 Ryan Leaf WSU Jr. QB 3rd Charles Woodson
2010 LaMichael James UO So. RB 3rd Cam Newton
1991 Steve Emtman UW Jr. DT 4th Desmond Howard
2001 Joey Harrington UO Sr. QB 4th Eric Crouch
2010 Kellen Moore Boise Jr. QB 4th Cam Newton
2007 Dennis Dixon UO Sr. QB 5th Tim Tebow
1948 Norm Van Brocklin UO Sr. QB 6th Doak Walker
1980 Neil Lomax Port. St. Sr. QB 7th George Rogers
1988 Timm Rosenbach WSU Jr. QB 7th Barry Sanders
1990 Greg Lewis UW Sr. RB 7th Ty Detmer
2002 Jason Gesser WSU Sr. QB 7th Carson Palmer
2009 Kellen Moore Boise So. QB 7th Mark Ingram
1951 Hugh McElhenny UW Sr. FB 8th Dick Kazmeier
1954 George Shaw UO Sr. QB 8th Alan Ameche
1992 Drew Bledsoe WSU Jr. QB 8th Gino Torretta
2000 M. Tuiasosopo UW Sr. QB 8th Chris Weinke
2006 Ian Johnson Boise Jr. RB 8th Troy Smith
2011 Kellen Moore Boise Sr. QB 8th Robert Griffin III
1952 Don Heinrich UW Sr. QB 9th Billy Vessels
1978 Jack Thompson WSU Sr. QB 9th Billy Sims
1994 Napoleon Kaufman UW Sr. RB 9th Rashaan Salaam
2005 Jerome Harrison WSU Sr. RB 9th Reggie Bush*
2012 Kenjon Barner UO Sr. RB 9th Johnny Manzeil
1984 Rueben Mayes WSU Jr. RB 10th Doug Flutie
2011 LaMichael James UO Jr. RB 10th Robert Griffin III

*=Award vacated


  • poulsbogary

    While the industry of college football continues its downward spiral with selections such as this one, it is very likely that this oregon qb will join the long list of other duck qb’s whose contribution to Sunday afternoon football amounts to absolutely nothing.

    • Wheaton’s Pick

      Husky fans can’t accept the fact that their rival has the best player in college football. I can’t wait to hear all the whining when the Ducks win the football playoffs. In the meantime, enjoy your bottom tier bowl.

      Oregon is an elite football program that the dawgs will never overtake. After 11 consecutive losses, the Ducks don’t think of you as a worthy rival.

      Duck Dynasty has reshaped college football. It’s great to be a Duck.

      • ll9956

        Football supremacy is all about recruiting, at which UO has had enormous success for a number of years thanks to their palatial facilities courtesy of Uncle Phil.

        • Its onlySports(DavidWakefield)

          Its a relevant point… if Nike supported the Huskies this way we would all be saying god bless the man. Much in the way we view Paul Allen in applauding what his state of the art facilities and spare no expense attitude has accomplished in clearly benefited the Hawks. Perhaps a Allen adoption is in order for the Huskies. Im no duck fan so I would love for the huge disadvantage to even out sometime in this millennium. Until then all of the NW schools have an uphill battle dealing with Nikes cash machine pump.

          • RadioGuy

            It’s amusing that a university known for its anti-capitalist students owes so much to a man who’s made billions from Asian sweatshops producing tennis shoes. I wonder how many people in Eugene who shout “Fight the Power” six days a week shout “Go Ducks” on Saturdays with no sense of irony?

          • billortloff

            Im sure you have never worn Nikes, or carry an Iphone.

      • rosetta_stoned

        I can’t wait to hear all the whining when the Ducks win the football playoffs.

        And your silence will be golden when they don’t.

      • poulsbogary

        That is the problem with all you duck people. You think the universe began when wil wheaton had that pick. I will end this post with two words, and every knolwdgeable Husky fan in this country will know exactly what I mean. duck people, in their ignorance, will not. DESMOND HOWARD.

    • RadioGuy

      Well, I’d have to say Dan Fouts and Norm Van Brocklin were better than nothing as NFL quarterbacks. Time will tell whether Mariota follows in their footsteps or in the footsteps of Joey Harrington and Akili Smith. Or Kellen Clemens and Dennis Dixon. Or Jeremiah Masoli and Bill Musgrave. Or Danny O’Neil and Herb Singleton. Or…

  • jafabian

    Appreciate the list here. If Washington LB Michael Jackson played at least ten years later than he did he’d be on this list and I’ve always wondered if UW wasn’t on probation would Napolean have finished higher? Seeing a couple Boise players listed gives me hope that Coach Pete will bring UW back to the heights the program once was.

    This list shows despite the collegiate success of these players the Heisman award is not a barometer for how players will be in the NFL. Just over half of these players were in the NFL for barely a cup of tea and fewer were All Pros.