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Mariota will have to put the Ducks offense on his back this weekend.
Season Stats: 4 GP, 56.1 CMP%, 9 TD, 0 INT, 162.6 QB RAT, 21 CAR, 295 YDS (14.0 YPC, 5 TD
Key Performance: Sept. 14 vs. Tennessee (W 59-14), 23-of-33, 456 YDS, 4 TD, 225.8 QB RAT, 6 CAR, 27 YDS, 1 TD
Week 6 Matchup: at Colorado (1-2)
The Ducks are expected to be without running back De’Anthony Thomas on Saturday. However, with Marcus Mariota in tow, the team will be just fine.
A Heisman-favorite, the sophomore has certainly backed up the claim with his play. But although he’s demonstrated he can throw the ball efficiently enough, it’s his mobility that has given opposing defensive coordinators fits this season.
However, against the Buffaloes and their No. 115 passing defense, Mariota might rely on his arm more than anything.
Last weekend, Colorado was destroyed by Oregon State to the tune of 44-17. During the romp, Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion stole the show, throwing for 414 yards and six touchdowns.
To the Buffaloes credit, the team does have the No. 10 run defense in the country. However, that’s only more reason for Mariota to look to the air.
And as he proved against the Volunteers, that’s something Mariota is fully capable of doing.