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Coach: Mariota 'taller, faster' than Johnny Football

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08:13 AM ET 02.20 | Whether Mark Helfrich keeps Oregon rolling has a lot to do with how 6-foot-4, 212-pound Marcus Mariota responds. Mariota threw for 2,677 yards and 32 touchdowns, with only six interceptions, in 2012. He also ran for 752 yards and five scores. Terrific numbers? Sure. But on the [Johnny Manziel] scale, well, they could've been better. Manziel is relevant here not only because he's a former Oregon commit, but also because he's now the guy all young college quarterbacks are measured against. Johnny Football is spectacular, but know this: Physically, he's no Mariota. "We had Johnny and Marcus both committed," Helfrich says, "and we ended up with the taller, faster, better-looking guy." Don't overreact, Aggie Nation -- it's just a harmless joke.

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February 20, 2013  08:41 AM ET

That may be true, but it looks like Denard is going to grace the front cover.

February 20, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Oscar Goldman called. He wants his catch phrase back.

February 20, 2013  09:47 AM ET

The only difference between "Mariota and Manziel", is that Johnny Boy beat Bama!!!!

February 20, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The only difference between "Mariota and Manziel", is that Johnny Boy beat Bama!!!!

That and Manziel's got a mug shot.

February 20, 2013  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The only difference between "Mariota and Manziel", is that Johnny Boy beat Bama!!!!

I thought the only difference was a Heisman trophy.....shows what I know....

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February 20, 2013  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I thought the only difference was a Heisman trophy.....shows what I know....

LOL, my point was that "Johnny Boy" wouldn't have won the Heisman, if it weren't for the Bama game, where Mariota lost to Stanford and ruined Oregon's perfect season!!! IMO that game put him over the top. Nevertheless he did beat Bama and I guess that was good enough for the Heisman voters!!! :-)

February 20, 2013  12:10 PM ET

Not sure about faster, but he definitely has a stronger arm.

February 20, 2013  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

LOL, my point was that "Johnny Boy" wouldn't have won the Heisman, if it weren't for the Bama game, where Mariota lost to Stanford and ruined Oregon's perfect season!!! IMO that game put him over the top. Nevertheless he did beat Bama and I guess that was good enough for the Heisman voters!!! :-)

Can't forget about the south coast bias!

February 20, 2013  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

LOL, my point was that "Johnny Boy" wouldn't have won the Heisman, if it weren't for the Bama game, where Mariota lost to Stanford and ruined Oregon's perfect season!!! IMO that game put him over the top. Nevertheless he did beat Bama and I guess that was good enough for the Heisman voters!!! :-)

Agreed-and if LUS had not taken a lot out of Bama the week before-A&M loses that game. This year Bama has a bye and A&M a semi bye (Sam Houston State) the week before. Should be a good game. The winner has the inside track to the winning the division as neither has to play any tough teams from the east. How did that happen?

February 20, 2013  12:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

This year Bama has a bye and A&M a semi bye (Sam Houston State) the week before. Should be a good game. The winner has the inside track to the winning the division as neither has to play any tough teams from the east. How did that happen?

Yes, I will be looking forward to that game on September 14, 2013 at College Station!!! :-)

February 20, 2013  12:28 PM ET

Manziel shredded Bama's D. He wins hands down. Love how the Ducks play...but you just can't make the argument.

February 20, 2013  12:38 PM ET
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Manziel shredded Bama's D. He wins hands down. Love how the Ducks play...but you just can't make the argument.

Good comment and the Heisman voters agreed with you!!! :-)

February 20, 2013  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Can't forget about the south coast bias!

LOL, I ain't going there!!!!!

February 20, 2013  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Not sure about faster, but he definitely has a stronger arm.

And Mariota is taller at 6'4"!!!

February 20, 2013  12:57 PM ET

yeah you can go there...mario'ta would have beaten "mr. football" for the starting job...he only played 2-3 quarters of many of the games where johnny stayed in a racked up numbers in blowouts...look it up! he is faster, taller and a better passer. is manziel a great player? yes. a great improvisor and athlete? yes. is marcus a better qb? yes. and if you numb nuts bring up the heisman then you know nothing! did peyton manning win it? marshall faulk?? the list goes on and on...beating bama was the difference-and those gaudy numbers- but as you said we lost to stanford in a game they should have won and we did not get the chance...but hey "the old timer" we did beat sc on their field and i was at that game and the final score was not as close as the game...last td came after a blown call on a duck interception with very little time left...but who cares really if they never face each other...but maybe they will! GO DUCKS!
ps mike mack- get ready to hear a lot about marcus mario'ta! eat that boys...and twice on saturday! quuuuaaaacccckkkk! duck u!

February 20, 2013  12:57 PM ET
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That and Manziel's got a mug shot.

Hiya, jada.

February 20, 2013  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Not sure about faster, but he definitely has a stronger arm.

Not sure who is faster, JF is definitely a better scrambler where MM is a better passer. Alot of MM's rushing yards were actually between tackles.

February 20, 2013  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Hiya, jada.

Howdy TM.

 
February 20, 2013  01:20 PM ET
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Manziel shredded Bama's D. He wins hands down. Love how the Ducks play...but you just can't make the argument.

Much like A&M with Manziel, the speed of Mariotta and Barner would've been too much for Alabama (Saban however knew that and kept his team far away from the Ducks).

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