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Nov 23, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota throws a pass in the second quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Kelly supports Marcus Mariota's decision to stay in school

University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has decided to return for another season and put off the NFL draft. Mariota’s season hasn’t gone as planed and they spent most of the season near the top of the rankings but fell to Stanford and then Arizona effectively ending any hopes they’d compete for the BCS National Championship.

“It is an honor to be a student at the University of Oregon and to have the opportunity to represent our institution on the football field alongside my teammates,” said Mariota, via “I look forward to earning my degree next year and to the rest of my career at this great University.”

Mariota’s former head coach Chip Kelly, who is now in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, applauds his decision.

“I’m happy for him,” Kelly said, via John Gonzalez of  “I know he comes from a great family. His dad and mom value education.  Marcus is going to stay and get his degree.  He’s a really special young man.  I think everyone in the league is going to have to wait a couple of years.”

Of course this could be because Kelly has named quarterback Nick Foles the starter for the next 1,000 years.

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