Oregon’s Marcus Mariota won the 80th Heisman Trophy Saturday night in a landslide over Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Alabama’s Amari Cooper, becoming only the second player from a Northwest university to claim college football’s most coveted prize. Mariota’s win snapped a 52-year regional drought dating to 1962, when Oregon State quarterback Terry Baker captured the award.
A junior from Hawaii, Mariota received 2,534 points to Gordon’s 1,250 and Cooper’s 1,023. Mariota collected 90.9 percent of the first-place votes from 929 Heisman selectors, the second-highest percentage in Heisman history.
“I am humbled to be standing here and humbled by this award,” said Mariota, who teared up during the presentation ceremony. “I just hope and pray that this is only the beginning.”
Mariota generated 53 touchdowns, completing 254 of 372 passes (68.3 percent) for 3,783 yards, 38 TDs, only two interceptions and an efficiency rating of 186.3. He also rushed for 669 yards and 14 TDs and caught a 26-yard touchdown pass.
The Heisman is the latest award in Mariota’s postseason haul. In recent days, he also won the Walter Camp, Davey O’Brien, Maxwell and Johnny Unitas Gold Arm trophies.
Gordon, a redshirt junior running back, put together just the 10th 2,000-yard rushing season in FBS history. His total of 2,336 yards is the fourth-highest ever. Gordon, who announced this week that he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft, averaged 7.6 yards per carry and amassed 29 total touchdowns.
A junior receiver for Alabama, Cooper led the FBS in catches (115) and receiving yards (1,656) and tied for second in receiving touchdowns (14).
Mariota is the eighth Oregon player to finish in the top 10 in Heisman voting and the first since RB LaMichael James was third in 2010.
Since the award was first presented by New York’s Downtown Athletic Club in 1935, the following Northwest players have finished among the top 10 in Heisman Trophy voting.Washington’s Steve Emtman — fourth in 1991 — is the only defensive player on the list:
|1997||Ryan Leaf||WSU||Jr.||QB||3rd||Charles Woodson|
|2010||LaMichael James||UO||So.||RB||3rd||Cam Newton|
|1991||Steve Emtman||UW||Jr.||DT||4th||Desmond Howard|
|2001||Joey Harrington||UO||Sr.||QB||4th||Eric Crouch|
|2010||Kellen Moore||Boise||Jr.||QB||4th||Cam Newton|
|2007||Dennis Dixon||UO||Sr.||QB||5th||Tim Tebow|
|1948||Norm Van Brocklin||UO||Sr.||QB||6th||Doak Walker|
|1980||Neil Lomax||Port. St.||Sr.||QB||7th||George Rogers|
|1988||Timm Rosenbach||WSU||Jr.||QB||7th||Barry Sanders|
|1990||Greg Lewis||UW||Sr.||RB||7th||Ty Detmer|
|2002||Jason Gesser||WSU||Sr.||QB||7th||Carson Palmer|
|2009||Kellen Moore||Boise||So.||QB||7th||Mark Ingram|
|1951||Hugh McElhenny||UW||Sr.||FB||8th||Dick Kazmeier|
|1954||George Shaw||UO||Sr.||QB||8th||Alan Ameche|
|1992||Drew Bledsoe||WSU||Jr.||QB||8th||Gino Torretta|
|2000||M. Tuiasosopo||UW||Sr.||QB||8th||Chris Weinke|
|2006||Ian Johnson||Boise||Jr.||RB||8th||Troy Smith|
|2011||Kellen Moore||Boise||Sr.||QB||8th||Robert Griffin III|
|1952||Don Heinrich||UW||Sr.||QB||9th||Billy Vessels|
|1978||Jack Thompson||WSU||Sr.||QB||9th||Billy Sims|
|1994||Napoleon Kaufman||UW||Sr.||RB||9th||Rashaan Salaam|
|2005||Jerome Harrison||WSU||Sr.||RB||9th||Reggie Bush*|
|2012||Kenjon Barner||UO||Sr.||RB||9th||Johnny Manzeil|
|1984||Rueben Mayes||WSU||Jr.||RB||10th||Doug Flutie|
|2011||LaMichael James||UO||Jr.||RB||10th||Robert Griffin III|