“I will miss being with my teammates. Being a part of this team was something special that I will always treasure.”
He has until Thursday to decide whether he’ll return to Oregon or leave for the NFL draft.
How much does Mariota’s future as a pro rides on his performance in Monday’s game?
They gathered Sunday night at the Saint Louis School Crusader Paina.
He will have to officially make his decision by Thursday on whether to turn pro or return for another year of college.
“It’s an amazing opportunity,” said Punahou School product DeForest Buckner.
“(Winning) a championship game would elevate him into a pretty rare group of guys,” Chris Fowler said.
Both will not play in Monday’s national championship game after positive NCAA drug tests, coach Mark Helfrich said Saturday.
“He’s a great ambassador for Hawaii,” Dan Morrison said of Mariota.
The first-ever college football semifinal took place Jan. 1, 2015 between Oregon and Florida State
The two star quarterbacks will continue to compete in the NFL combine in Indianapolis to pro stadiums for years to come.
A significantly undersized football player checked into the game for the last play of his NCAA career.
Mariota won the AP vote in the same landslide fashion he won the Heisman Trophy.
Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy, Dec. 13, 2014
During his acceptance speech, Mariota thanked the people of Hawaii “for teaching me humility and respect.”
The Hawaii-born college quarterback won the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and Walter Camp awards.
Hawaii’s Marcus Mariota and his Oregon Ducks will play Florida St. in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.