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                      === Mariota will stay at Oregon ===
 Eugene,  OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Mariota will return to the University
 of Oregon in 2014.
 The school revealed the news on Tuesday, adding that center Hroniss Grasu will
 also remain with the program.
 "It  is an  honor to be a student  at the University of Oregon and to have the
 opportunity  to  represent our institution  on the football field alongside my
 teammates,"  said Mariota.  "I look forward to earning my degree next year and
 to the rest of my career at this great University."
 Touted  as  being near the head  of next year's potential draft class, Mariota
 has thrown for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns on 227-of-360 passes this year as
 the  10-2 Ducks await  a bowl selection. His 3,994 yards of total offense this
 season stands as a single-season school record.
 A  two-time  selection as  Oregon's most outstanding  player and last season's
 Pac-12  offensive  freshman of the  year, Mariota  has racked up 6,089 passing
 yards  and 62  TDs against  just 10  interceptions over  his two  seasons with
 Grasu  will return for his senior season. He was a 2012 third-team all-America
 selection,  and is  a candidate  for the  Lombardi Award,  Outland Trophy  and
 Rimington Trophy this season.
 "The  University  of Oregon is  a special place and  I'm extremely happy to be
 returning  for  my senior year," Grasu  said. "To be a student-athlete in this
 community  is an  honor and  an experience  I'll continue  to cherish  with my
 12/03 17:55:04 ET

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