Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota said he will wait until after Monday’s college football championship game before deciding whether to apply for the National Football League draft.
During Saturday’s news conference at the Dallas Convention Center, Mariota told reporters he would take a few days off after the game to consult with his parents before making a decision. Mariota went through a similar process last year before he ultimately decided to return to Oregon for his junior season.
In December, Mariota completed work on a bachelor’s degree.
Mariota addressed widespread questions during the one-hour interview session. He was one of five Ducks who was on a podium under television lights. Mariota expressed confidence the Ducks could overcome the loss of wideout Darren Carrington, who was ruled ineligible for the game. There are published reports Carrington did not pass an NCAA-mandated drug test.