Marcus Mariota who is an American Football Quarterback for University of Oregon Ducks Football Team was born on 30th October 1993. He is also the winner of 2014 Heisman Trophy. Marcus is the native of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is of Samoan and the German descent. He is the son of Toa Mariota and Alana Deppe-Mariota. Marcus was grown up by idolizing quarterback play of the Jeremiah Masoli, the fellow of Samoan American and he was also the standout quarterback at all-boys Catholic St. Louis High School as well as University of Oregon.
Marcus went to St. Louis School located in Honolulu, Hawaii. There, he was two-sport start in the football and the track. He was relatively late in the football in his career of high school. It was due to not starting till his senior season. He then led St. Louis to 11-1 record as a senior as well as state title while also being named as the PrepStar magazine All-west region and the Interscholastic League of the Honolulu Offensive Player of Year. He was named to NUC All Game along with Johnny Manziel who is the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. He had also got graduated from University of Oregon with the Bachelor’s Degree in the General Sciences with emphasis on the human physiology.
Prior to that, Marcus is also a track and field athlete. He was state track qualifier in sprinting as well as jumping events. At 2010 National Underclassman Combine, he was the winner of camp’s ‘Fastest Man’ and the ‘Combine King’ awards after he ran 4.48 second 40 yard dash. He earned himself the fourth place at 2011 HHSAA T&F Championships by finishing in both 200 meter dash and long jump. In addition to that, he was also placed tenth in 100 meter dash event at the 11.63 seconds. Mariota also ran second leg on ST. Louis 4×100m relay quad and help them to capture state title with time of 42.83 seconds.
After completing his senior year, Mariota was rated at number 2 recruiting prospect in state of the Hawaii and at number 12 dual threat quarterback in nation by the Rivals.com. He was recruited by Hawaii, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, Oregon State, UCLA, Notre Dame and USC but he was offered a scholarship only by Memphis and the Oregon.
After that, the year 2012 showcased Marcus as first freshman who started a season opener for Ducks in the 22 season. He then led the Oregon to 12-1 record and number2 final season ranking while he was named as Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team, Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of Year and he also earned 2013 fiesta bowl offensive MVP Award as he had guided Ducks to 35-17 victory over number 5 Kansas State. In the 2013 season, on 26th October, he suffered from a partial tear of MCL against the UCLA. But he continued to play remainder of the season. He finishes the 2013 season with the 4380 yards of total offense and became the only player in the history of Oregon who eclipse 4000 yards in the season. Besides starting the 2014 season, he was considered as one of best prospects for NFL Draft.
To talk about his personal life, Marcus is in relationship with his sweetheart Nicole Watase. The couple has been together since the high school. They are living their happy life together. So, there is very less chance for them to get separated.
Apart from that, Marcus is now at the age of 21 and he stands tall at the height of six feet and four inches. He was featured in National Cover of Sports Illustrated in its cover of 4th November 2013 issue. In addition to that, he was also named to the watch lists for Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award and Walter Camp Award. He won Davey O’Brien Award for nation’s best quarterback as well as Walter Camp Award and the Maxwell Awards, both were awarded to nation’s best football player on 11th December 2014 at annual College Football Awards Show held in Orlando, Florida. Marcus is also active in social networking sites and to know more about him, we can also follow him on his facebook, instagram and twitter account.