Mariota makes smart decision to return 

December, 3, 2013
12/03/13
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I give Marcus Mariota a lot of credit for his decision to return to Oregon for his redshirt junior season. While this is a very deep class of quarterbacks, there isn’t a clear-cut elite QB prospect, and with the number of QB-needy teams at the top of this year's draft, there was an opening for him to be the No. 1 overall pick. I think that if he had decided to leave, he would have been the first quarterback taken.

But even though he’s turning down a huge paycheck for this upcoming season, I think he made the right decision.