Despite having a number of outstanding players over the past 20 seasons, the Oregon football program has failed to produce a Heisman Trophy winner.
That streak will end next December when the award is given to quarterback Marcus Mariota.
If you cringe at such a statement being made 12 months in advance, you probably aren't alone. But part of the fun of college football is looking ahead and wondering what the next season has in store.
And if we're talking Heisman Trophy, I submit that it starts with Oregon's signal-caller, Marcus Mariota.
Here are five reasons why the sophomore is the leading candidate heading into the 2013 season.