“I had a couple guys ask me, NFL guys, if I thought he could play at the next level. I said, ‘Have you not watched him? I mean, he’ll rip it up at the next level.’ I mean, this guy is ripping it up at this level. He’s really special.”
Mariota is one of the leading candidates for this year’s Heisman Trophy, which is given to the best player in college football.
Mariota, a redshirt sophomore, has 19 touchdown passes against no interceptions as well as nine rushing scores for No. 2 Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) heading into Saturday’s game against the visiting No. 12 Bruins (5-1, 2-1).
Mora’s complements come just a few days before the Bruins face the Ducks on Saturday. Oregon will be looking to reclaim its old ranking of number 2 in the country, which was taken over by Florida state with a blowout victory over Clemson last week.
However, Mariota isn’t the only attraction for this upcoming game against UCLA.
Scouts who travel to Oregon this weekend to check out Mariota will also get a chance to see another dual-threat quarterback in UCLA’s Brett Hundley, who will try to bounce back after he was held to a season-low 192 yards passing while getting sacked four times in a loss to Stanford on Saturday.