Marcus Mariota has publicly declared his candidacy for the starting quarterback's job at Oregon.
The redshirt freshman emerged Saturday as serious competition for sophomore Bryan Bennett in the battle for the position that opened when Darron Thomas decided to skip his senior season in hopes of going pro.
Mariota completed 18 of 26 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown, in addition to rushing for 99 yards and two scores, leading his team to a 41-14 victory in Oregon's annual spring game at Autzen Stadium.
Bennett, who completed 19 of 32 passes for 209 yards and a TD, is the more experienced of the two QBs, having started a game last year when Thomas was injured. Oregon went 12-2 last season, capped by a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin.
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