The Oregon Ducks fave a big test on the road tonight against the Stanford Cardinal, who will once again look to spoil the Ducks’ undefeated season and a spot in Pasadena this January in the BCS National Championship game. If the ducks are able to win tonight and eventually make it there, it will be because of their quarterback and likely Heisman winner, Marcus Mariota.
The redshirt sophomore QB this season has passed for 2,281 yards with 20 touchdowns and no interceptions and rushing for 511 yards and nine touchdowns, and the Ducks are No. 2 in the BCS standings with an 8-0 record, and is the favorite to win the Heisman trophy in nearly every expert Heisman polls.
But Mariota may not be 100% when he takes the field tonight, as reports are just starting to come out that he’s dealing with an MCL injury:
Source with knowledge of situation tells me Marcus Mariota has a partial sprain of his MCL #GoDucks
— Collin Harmon (@Collin_Harmon) November 8, 2013
It’s unclear as to when this injury may have arisen, but it will certainly hinder his play tonight. It doesn’t help matters that he’ll be facing a Stanford Cardinal defense that’s among the nation’s best, giving up an average of 19.4 points a game, and outside linebacker Trent Murphy ranks third in the nation with 9.5 sacks.