Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota declares for draft

Oregon quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Marcus Mariota has declared for the NFL draft.

"After meeting with my family I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility and apply for the 2015 NFL draft," Mariota said in a statement. "My four years at the University of Oregon have been an awesome experience. I cannot thank Coach Kelly, Coach Helfrich, Coach Frost, the rest of the Oregon coaches and the support staff enough for molding me as a person, player and student-athlete."

Mariota, a Honolulu native, passed for 5,224 yards and 58 touchdowns last season, but lost to Ohio State in the national title game.

"It's been an honor to watch Marcus develop over the last four years, and I'm excited to see what his future holds," Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich said. "He's given this program everything we could have asked, and he'll be the standard by which others are judged. Mahalo."

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