Marcus Mariota returning for 2014


One-time 2013 Heisman front runner Marcus Mariota of Oregon has decided to bypass the NFL draft and return for his junior season in 2014, the school announced on Tuesday.

Mariota passed for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns with just four interceptions and added 582 yards and nine scores on the ground on his way to being named the first-team All-Pac-12 quarterback for the second-straight season.

He was knocked out of Heisman contention in November as Oregon dropped games to Stanford and Arizona.

Mariota will likely finish in the top 10 of this years’s Heisman balloting and should be considered one of the front runners for 2014, along with Braxton Miller of Ohio State and Bryce Petty of Baylor.

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