Oregon’s Marcus Mariota wins three major awards

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota arrives at the College Football Awards presentation, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota arrives at the College Football Awards presentation, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(AP) — Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won three major awards Thursday night.

Mariota won the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s outstanding player. He was presented the award during the 24th College Football Awards Show at Walt Disney World in Florida.

It was his third major award of the night. Earlier in the evening, he received the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. He was also selected as the Walter Camp player of the year in a separate announcement.

On Saturday night, Mariota hopes to become the first player to win the Maxwell Award and the Heisman Trophy in the same season since Auburn quarterback Cam Newton in 2010.

Mariota became the first Oregon player to win the Davey O’Brien award and second Pac-12 player in the last four seasons, joining 2011 winner Andrew Luck of Stanford. Four straight Davey O’Brien winners have gone on to win the Heisman.

The Hawaii-born quarterback also won the Walter Camp player of the year award. Mariota is the first Oregon player to win the award.

Mariota leads the nation passing efficiency (186.3) and has accounted for a Pac-12 record 53 touchdowns, including 38 touchdown passes. The junior led the Ducks to the first College Football Playoff, where they will be the second-seed and play Florida State on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl.

He is a Heisman Trophy finalist and the front-runner to win the award.

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