During a poor performance in the 2014 National Championship Game, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota suffered a shoulder injury that could prevent him from throwing at the NFL Combine.
2014 Heisman Trophy winning QB Marcus Mariota is unsure if he will throw the football at the NFL Scouting Combine in February due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the National Championship game.
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At an award ceremony where he was named Polynesian College Football Player of the Year in Hawaii on Saturday, Mariota said at a press conference that he was unsure if his shoulder would recover in time to let him throw at the annual NFL Combine.
“Right now we’re still making that decision, whether to throw at the Combine. I had to kinda rest about a week-and-a-half,” Mariota said, via the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “I sprained the AC joint. But now, I’m able to throw. Feels good.”
As one of the top two QB prospects available in the NFL draft, Mariota has been on the radar of teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 1 overall pick), Tennessee Titans (No. 2 overall pick), New York Jets (No. 6 overall pick) and the Philadelphia Eagles (No. 20 overall pick) – all of whom are currently in the market for a QB.
In 2014, Mariota won the Heisman Trophy as the starting QB for the No. 2 Oregon Ducks led them to a PAC-12 Championship title and a win in the Rose Bowl over the Florida State Seminoles. But the Ducks unraveled in the National Championship Game and lost 42-20 to the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes.