Marcus Mariota is an excellent quarterback, but as we learned during his heartfelt Heisman Trophy acceptance speech, he's not as comfortable when it comes to public speaking. That was a theme during his appearance on today's Dan Patrick Show. Patrick brought up Mariota's shyness, and asked the Oregon star how he commanded the offense, which led to an entertaining back-and-forth about the appropriate volume with which to yell audibles and line adjustments.
Mariota may not be too comfortable behind the mic or at the podium, but he is right at home a few yards behind center in Oregon's explosive offense. He and the Ducks play another Heisman winner, Jameis Winston, and Florida State at the Rose Bowl on January 1 in one of the College Football Playoff semifinals.