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    Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis

Looking relaxed and engaging, quarterback Marcus Mariota was the main focus of the Oregon Pro Day held Thursday in the Moshofsky Center, the Ducks’ indoor facility in Eugene, Ore.

The Heisman Trophy winner from Saint Louis School threw 65 passes, with all plays originating from under center. Mariota took just five snaps from under center during the 2014 season.

Unlike the blur offense he guided at Oregon, Mariota and his receiving group would huddle up before running plays.  

When interviewed afterward by the NFL Network, Mariota said the session went “OK … some missed throws.”

Mariota also said on NFL Network that he had met with the Bucs and Eagles and would meet with the Titans later Thursday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the No. 1 pick overall and the Tennessee Titans hold the second pick in the first round of the NFL Draft in late April.

The Eagles, who is coached by former Ducks coach Chip Kelly, hold the 20th overall pick. On Tuesday, Philadelphia traded for quarterback Sam Bradford, a No. 1 overall pick in 2010. On Thursday, the Eagles signed Bradford’s former Oklahoma roommate, DeMarco Murray, who led the NFL in rushing with the Dallas Cowboys last season.

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