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Mariota says knee isn’t concern

November 13, 2013
By ANNE M. PETERSON , The Associated Press

Marcus Mariota insists his left knee isn't a concern and that he'll be ready to go Saturday when No. 6 Oregon hosts Utah.

There are lingering questions about how much a knee injury contributed to the Ducks' loss at Stanford on Thursday. Oregon doesn't discuss injuries, and the sophomore quarterback hasn't been specific about what's going on.

Asked this week whether his knee is an issue, Mariota replied: "Not at all." Pressed on whether he is 100 percent healthy, he said: "That's something that I can't tell you."

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Oregon’s Marcus Mariota has gone 327 attempts without an interception, an ongoing Pac-12 record that dates to last year.
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Mariota, a Saint Louis School graduate, remains a Heisman Trophy hopeful with a stellar season thus far. He's completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns with no interceptions, and has rushed for 495 yards and nine scores.

He has gone 327 attempts without an interception, an ongoing Pac-12 record that dates to last year.

Against the Cardinal, however, Mariota's mobility was hampered. He passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns, and three of his six rushes were sacks, putting him in negative yardage on the ground as the Ducks lost 26-20.

"My knee is what it is. I'm not going to use that as an excuse," Mariota said this week.

Mariota is believed to have ben hurt in a win over UCLA on Oct. 26, and he played the second half of that game with a brace. He wore a brace throughout the game at Stanford.

He said, "Yes, for sure," when asked whether he would play against the Utes.

 
 
 

 

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