PRO: The Titans used the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. In his first four NFL seasons, Mariota passed for 12,004 yards and 69 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,270 yards and 11 more scores. His 93.8 passer rating in his first two seasons ranked sixth in NFL history for a player’s first two NFL campaigns, trailing only Kurt Warner (107.9), Dan Marino (104.5), Nick Foles (101.0), Russell Wilson (100.6) and Ben Roethlisberger (98.3). As a rookie, the 6-foot-4-inch, 222-pound signal caller validated his draft selection by posting the third-highest passer rating in franchise history (91.5) and the fifth-highest rookie completion percentage in NFL history (62.2). He was the first player in franchise history to open his rookie season in Week 1 as the starting quarterback. He became the second rookie quarterback in NFL history (Peyton Manning) to complete three touchdown passes in four different games and the only NFL rookie to record two games with four touchdown passes and no interceptions. Mariota was the fifth Heisman Trophy winner to be drafted by the Oilers/Titans (Derrick Henry became the sixth in 2016), joining Billy Cannon, Earl Campbell, Mike Rozier and Eddie George.
• In 2018, Mariota set a career-high with a franchise-best 68.9 completion percentage. He completed 228 of 331 passes for 2,528 yards with 11 touchdowns for a 92.3 passer rating.
• In 2017, Mariota led the Titans to their first playoff berth in nine years and their first postseason victory since January 2004. He completed 281 of 453 passes for 3,232 yards with 13 touchdowns and tied a career-high with 60 rushes for 312 yards with a career-best five rushing touchdowns. He engineered five game-winning drives, including four in the regular season and one in the postseason.
• In 2016, Mariota completed 276 of 451 passes for 3,426 yards and ranked fourth in the AFC and 10th in the NFL with a 95.6 passer rating and sixth in the AFC and tied for 10th in the NFL with 26 touchdown passes. He was named first alternate for the Pro Bowl but was unable to play because of injury.
• Mariota’s 16 games with at least two touchdown passes in his first two NFL seasons tied for third all-time in the NFL, equaling Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson and trailing only Dan Marino (22) and Derek Carr (17).
• Mariota was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November 2016 after completing 86 of 130 passes for 1,124 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions for a 115.0 passer rating, in addition to rushing for 89 yards and a score.
• During his rookie season, Mariota completed 230 of his 370 passes for 2,818 yards, 19 touchdowns—all franchise rookie records—while throwing only 10 interceptions. His 91.5 passer rating ranks third in franchise history behind only Steve McNair’s 2003 MVP season (100.4) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon’s 1990 AP Offensive Player of the Year campaign (96.8).
• Mariota set a franchise rookie record by completing 62.2 percent of his passes. That was the fifth-highest percentage by a rookie quarterback in NFL history and the eighth-highest completion percentage in a season by any quarterback in Titans/Oilers history.
• Mariota joined Peyton Manning (1998) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to complete three touchdown passes in four different games, and he became the lone NFL rookie to ever record two games with four touchdown passes and no interceptions (Sept. 13 at Tampa Bay and Nov. 8 at New Orleans).
• Mariota’s 252 rushing yards in 2015 included an 87-yard touchdown run against Jacksonville (Dec. 6), which was the fifth-longest rushing play in franchise history.
• Prior to Mariota in 2015, the last NFL player to record touchdowns of at least 40 yards passing, rushing and receiving in the same season was Walter Payton in 1983.
• At the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, he finished among the top three quarterbacks in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. His 4.52-second 40-yard dash gave him the fastest quarterback time at the Combine since Robert Griffin III’s 4.41 in 2012.
• Mariota earned a 36-5 starting record as a starter at Oregon. He completed at least one touchdown pass in all 41 games during his three seasons there, which ranks second in NCAA history. He became one of four players in FBS history to pass for over 10,000 yards (10,796) and run for over 2,000 yards (2,237) in a career (Dan LeFevour, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick).
• Mariota was awarded the Heisman Trophy on Dec. 13, 2014. He became the first winner from the University of Oregon and the first player born in Hawaii to receive the honor. In the balloting, he received 2,534 total points, or 90.9 percent of the total points possible. Only one player in Heisman history—Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith in 2006—garnered a higher percentage. Mariota received 788 first-place votes, while the runner-up, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, received 1,250 total points and 37 first-place votes. Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper finished third with 1,023 points and 49 first-place votes. The point total is reached by a system of three points for a first place vote, two for a second and one for a third.
• As a junior in 2014, Mariota led Oregon to an appearance in the College Football Playoff Championship Game after completing 304 of 445 passes for 4,454 yards with 42 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. He also rushed for 770 yards and 15 touchdowns and even caught a touchdown pass. His 58 total touchdowns in a season (passing, rushing and receiving) shattered the previous Pac-12 record of 41 (Matt Barkley, 2011).
• In 2016, Mariota launched of his Motiv8 Foundation, which serves the communities of Middle Tennessee, Eugene and Honolulu. The Motiv8 Foundation aims to create and support economic and educational programs and athletic activities to provide an alternative outlet for youth of troubled neighborhoods and backgrounds. The Foundation’s programming centers around the tools for success that will allow more children to fully matriculate through grade-school and eventually attend college. Since its launch, the Motiv8 Foundation has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars towards healthy lifestyle programming, and will continue to fulfill its mission through signature programs, strategic partnerships and fundraising initiatives.
• The Motiv8 Foundation puts on two full scale golf tournaments in Honolulu and Portland. Both tournaments are in their third year. The Honolulu tournament is presented by First Hawaiian Bank and features high level sponsors Nissan, Heisman Trophy, Beats by Dre, Nike, See More Putters, Island Insurance and Albert Chong and Associates. The Portland tournament is presented by Dutch Bros. and was held at Langdon Farms Golf Club for the first time in 2018.
• The Motiv8 Foundation has put the spotlight on homelessness and recently fed 5,000 homeless and workers in the homeless field on Oahu and Maui and additionally donated 1,000 pounds of dog food to two dog shelters on Oahu. Motiv8 continues to grow in its work with the homeless and will be hosting a job fair for homeless families and will be also donating a year supply of toiletries to more than 30 shelters across the state of Hawaii.
• Mariota has a special place in his heart for children and remembers the impact attending a game had on him when he was growing up. Annually, Motiv8 gives nearly 2,000 young students a football game experience to remember. Motiv8 sponsors the attendance of 1,200+ kids to a University of Hawaii game, 300+ kids to a Oregon Ducks game and more than a 100 kids to a Tennessee Titans game. The kids are treated to a game ticket, meal at the game, Motiv8 t-shirt and transportation to the game.
• Motiv8 also continues to be a major player in high school football in the state of Hawaii with its presenting sponsorship of the nationally televised Polynesian Bowl featuring the nation’s top football players including every nationally ranked Polynesian player in America, Hawaii High School all-star game - Life Champions Bowl and the scholarship generating GPA Showcase Hawaii.
• In 2018, the Motiv8 Foundation launched the Ardel Deppe Community Football Coach Award. The award recognizes three Hawaii football coaches (one top winner) from any level of play who best exemplify Marcus’ grandfather’s spirit of going the extra mile and giving back to the community. The winners all receive Riddell equipment allowances with the winner receiving $10,000 in equipment value.
• Marcus is the oldest son of Toa and Alana Mariota. His younger brother, Matthew, is a tight end/wide receiver at Oregon.
• Mariota credits much of his athletic success to playing soccer in his youth. By the time he was eight years old, he was wearing a soccer jersey with the number 8, and he has kept the jersey number ever since then.
• During his time in Eugene, Mariota became a fixture at the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley, spending time on a weekly basis with kids at the center. For his efforts in the community, he was awarded with the inaugural Play It Forward Award at the 63rd Annual Oregon Sports Awards in June 2015.
• The Honolulu, Hawaii, native was selected by the Titans in the first round (second overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
• At Oregon, Mariota broke nearly every major passing record for the school, totaling 10,796 career passing yards and 105 touchdown passes. The three-time All-Pac-12 selection started every game over his three collegiate seasons (2012-14), earned a 36-5 record, completed at least one touchdown pass in every game, and is one of four players in FBS history to pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 2,000 yards (2,237) in a career, joining Dan LeFevour, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick.
• His career passing statistics included 1,167 attempts, 779 completions, 10,796 yards, 105 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and an efficiency rating of 171.8. Additionally, he rushed 337 times for 2,237 yards and 29 touchdowns and recorded two touchdown receptions.
• He became one of four players in FBS history to pass for over 10,000 yards (10,796) and run for over 2,000 yards (2,237) in a career. He set University of Oregon records for career total offense (13,033 yards), passing yards (10,796), completions (779), touchdown passes (105), rushing yards by a quarterback (2,237), completion percentage (66.8), total touchdowns (136) and total points accounted for (816). He was the 14th player in conference history to eclipse the 10,000-yard barrier in total offense, and he ended his career ranked seventh all-time in Pac-12 career passing yards.
• He completed at least one touchdown pass in all 41 games in which he played, good for second in NCAA history behind Marshall’s Rakeem Cato (46).
• From 2012 to 2013, Mariota set the Pac-12 record with 353 consecutive passes without an interception. He became the only player in league history to put together multiple interception-free streaks of 200 attempts or more.
• Mariota became the Pac-12’s first quarterback ever to be named first-team All-Conference three times.
• As a junior (2014), started all 15 games en route to the team’s appearance in the College Football Playoff Championship Game. Completed 304 of 445 pass attempts for 4,454 yards (third in FBS) with 42 touchdowns (second) and four interceptions. Rushed 135 times for 770 yards and 15 touchdowns. Had the nation’s top passer efficiency rating at 181.7.
• Became the Ducks’ first Heisman Trophy winner and the first Heisman winner from the state of Hawaii. Also became Oregon’s second unanimous first-team All-American of all time. Additional honors included Player of the Year by the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and 2015 Rose Bowl Offensive MVP.
• His 58 total touchdowns—42 passing, 15 rushing and one receiving—set the single-season conference record, breaking Matt Barkley’s (USC) mark of 41 from 2011. His passing touchdowns also marked a new conference best.
• Led the Ducks to No. 2 in the final Associated Press rankings. Directed the third-overall rated offense in the country (547 yards per game) and the 10th-ranked passing offense (312.5).
• Against Florida State (1/1/15), recorded a season-high 26 completions (36 attempts) for 338 yards, scoring two touchdowns through the air and one on the ground in the College Football Playoff Semifinal Rose Bowl victory.
• Against Ohio State (1/12/15) in the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship game, completed 24 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard touchdown toss. Added 39 rushing yards.
• As a sophomore (2013), started all 13 games and was 245-of-386 passing (65.8 percent) for 3,665 yards, 31 touchdowns and four interceptions. Rushed 96 times for 715 yards and nine touchdowns.
• Named first-team All-Pac-12 for the second consecutive season and named Oregon’s Most Inspirational Player in a vote of his teammates. Led the Pac-12 in passing efficiency (167.7), passing yards per completion (14.96 avg.) and total points responsible for (240) while ranking seventh in the country in the former two categories and tied for ninth in the latter. Nationally, rated ninth in total offense (336.9), 12th in touchdown passes (31) and 14th in passing yards per game (281.9). Became the first player in school history to eclipse 4,000 yards of total offense in a single season (4,380) and was one of three league players to surpass the previous Pac-12 season record in 2013. Set school records for most points responsible for, completions (245) and most total touchdowns (40), and finished second on the single-season passing yards ledger (3,665). Broke Pac-12 and Oregon pinnacles for consecutive pass attempts without an interception in both a single season (285) and a career (353). Extended his streak of tossing at least one touchdown pass in every game of his career (26).
• As a redshirt freshman (2012), started all 13 games and was 230-of-336 passing for 2,677 yards with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions. Rushed 106 times for 752 yards and five touchdowns. Won honorable mention All-American and Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year honors and became the Pac-12’s first freshman quarterback to earn first-team all-league honors in 23 years. Recorded at least one touchdown pass in every game and set a conference freshman record for most touchdown passes in a season. Led the conference and ranked seventh in the country in passing efficiency (163.23). Led the league in completion percentage (68.45), falling just short of the NCAA freshman record of 69.5 percent (Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, 2007). Finished second on Oregon’s single-season total offensive yards list (3,429) and ninth in passing yards (2,677). The Ducks’ second-leading rusher (752) also ran for more yards in one year than any other quarterback in school history, including a single-game best 135 yards at Arizona State.
• Also in 2012, threw only one interception over his final seven games, a stretch that included 119 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.
• Redshirted in 2011.
• The second-team academic all-conference choice graduated from Oregon in December 2014 with a degree in general science.
• Splits time between Nashville, Eugene, Ore. and Honolulu, Hawaii.
• Attended Saint Louis (Honolulu, Hawaii) High School, where as a senior he threw for 2,597 yards on 165-of-255 passing (64.7%), including 32 touchdowns against only five interceptions. Guided the Crusaders to an 11-1 record and a state title. Also rushed the ball 60 times for 455 yards (7.6 yards per carry) and seven scores.
• Rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports.com and garnered three stars from both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Rated the No. 6 recruiting prospect in the state of Hawaii and No. 12 overall quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com. Named PrepStar Magazine All-West Region, Interscholastic League of Honolulu Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-ILH. Played in the NUC All-World Gridiron Classic, a high school all-star bowl in Columbia, S.C.
• List of favorites: (movie) “The Longest Yard”; (TV show) “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”; (actor) Dwayne Johnson; (pregame playlist) The Green, Drake; (video game) “FIFA”; (food) steak, Kalua pork; (guilty pleasure) Cookies ‘n’ Cream Pizookie from BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse; and (athlete as a child) Emmitt Smith.
• Born Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota on Oct. 30, 1993 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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