Should Oregon retire Mariota's jersey number?
EUGENE, Ore. - Fans have launched an online petition asking the University of Oregon to retire quarterback Marcus Mariota's jersey.
The dual-threat QB from Hawaii completed his degree and waived his final year of eligibility to declare for the NFL draft.
His accomplishments set new records at Oregon and in the Pac-12.
Mariota is the first Duck to win the Heisman Trophy.
Mariota became just the second quarterback in school history to lead Oregon to three postseason wins, and was the first three-time first-team all-Pac-12 quarterback in conference history.
The Ducks were 36-5 with Mariota at quarterback. He set an NCAA record by passing for a touchdown in all 41 career starts.
He is the first player in Pac-12 history to account for 5,000 yards of total offense in a single season, reaching 5,224 on Monday in the title game against Ohio State.
Fans weighed in on Facebook and in person on Monday.
"Being here now and watching what Mariota's able to do, I don't think there's ever going to be a quarterback like him," said Oregon student Shane Higgins. "I don't think there's ever going to be another player like him."
"I think they should just wait until maybe he has a successful NFL career," student Wayden Chu suggested, "because if they do kind of jump the gun and then he doesn't do good, it's kind of like they're kind of cursing him I him."
Oregon has not retired a player's number. It's fairly uncommon in college football since there are so many players and limited numbers.
"If there is any player that deserves to have his jersey retired, I do believe it's Marcus," Higgins said.
Some fans have suggested erecting a statue.
"He would feel weird," Coach Mark Helfrich said. Trying to imagine a statue design that Mariota would like, Helfrich said: "It would be a bunch of teammates around him, I think would be his ideal trophy, statue. It might get expensive. A lot of heads."
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