Try to remember back just a few short months ago, when most Oregon fans were worried about replacing Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas.
Seems like a lifetime ago, doesn't it?
It started at Oregon's spring game when redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota erased all doubts of those in attendance who would win the coveted starting QB job.
Mariota was the clear winner over Bryan Bennett in all categories on that fine spring day: leadership, speed, accuracy, coolness.
In Oregon's first game against Arkansas State, Mariota was a marvel, and Duck fans settled in for the next four—maybe three—years, content that the Ducks had their man.
Mariota was a secret from the nation for awhile, but eventually his talent was too obvious to ignore.
Now, with the accolades pouring in, only one question about Mariota remains: Will he win a national championship for Oregon?
Yes, and here's why.