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Marcus Mariota about to join college football's exclusive club
Marcus Mariota about to join college football's exclusive club

Barring something biblical, like a swarm of locusts halting the ceremony, Oregon junior quarterback Marcus Mariota on Saturday night will become the second player from the Pacific Northwest to win the Heisman Trophy. Think about that. Oregon and Washington are not exactly athletic wastelands. Norm Van Brocklin played at Oregon in the late 1940s and Hugh McElhenny starred at Washington in the early 1950s. Van Brocklin could throw a little bit; he still holds the NFL single-game record with 554 passing yards. Other players who competed for one of the four major colleges in Oregon and Washington: Dan Fouts, Warren Moon, Don Heinrich, Jack Thompson, Sonny Sixkiller, Drew Bledsoe and...

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