On a college football weekend when everyone was talking about a redshirt freshman quarterback named "Johnny Football" they also should have been talking about a redshirt freshman quarterback known as "The Flyin' Hawaiian."
"Johnny Football," also known as Johnny Manziel, led Texas A&M to a shocking victory over No. 1 ranked Alabama 29-24. Manziel played a solid game and bolted up the potential Heisman list with his team's upset win.
While Manziel was rolling the Tide, Marcus Mariota, known as "The Flyin' Hawaiian," was helping the Oregon Ducks roll past the California Golden Bears 59-17. Under Mariota's leadership the Ducks have easily rolled past every opponent on their way to a 10-0 record and a #2 ranking.
Mariota's stats are staggering, especially when you consider that he rarely gets to play for an entire game because Oregon blows out every competitor. Against the Golden Bears Mariota threw for a career high 377 yards, 6 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He averaged more than 11 yards per completion and added another 42 yards on the ground. His offensive performance was so noteworthy that during the telecast of the game ESPN highlighted that Mariota was trending on Twitter.
He left the game briefly in the first half with an injury to his left shoulder. Mariota returned to the game, though, on Oregon's next possession. He threw three of his 6 touchdowns to wide receive Josh Huff. He connected with Huff on his longest end zone pass of the day, a 39 yarder in the third quarter.
For the season Mariota is completing 71 percent of his passes. He has thrown for 2,164 yards and 28 touchdowns.
This Saturday the Ducks host Stanford. With a great performance against The Cardinal, Oregon fans are hoping their nicknamed quarterback gets even more Heisman attention than "Johnny Football."