A lot of NFL teams and fans alike were majorly disappointed when Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota made the decision to return to school for his junior season. For Mariota, it appears that his decision to stay in Eugene was the right one.
Mariota was selected as the winner of the 2014 Heisman Trophy on Saturday night after throwing a whopping 38 touchdowns and just two interceptions through twelve regular season games and a Pac-12 Championship. The Hawaii native completed 68.3 of his passes while throwing for 3,783 yards. The play below showcases one of Mariota's most iconic plays from the 2014 season.
The soft spoken Mariota struggled through a tearful acceptance speech as he thanked his teammates and parents. "This is tough," he said.
Mariota edged out Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, 2,534 points to 1,250. Mariota received 90.9 of possible points available, second highest in Heisman voting history to Ohio State's Troy Smith.
Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett rounded out the top five.
Oregon will take on Florida State in first round of the first ever College Football Playoff on Jan. 1, 2015.