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Mariota returning to Oregon for junior season

There’s now one less quarterback NFL teams will be vying for come the 2014 NFL draft.

Oregon announced Tuesday night that standout redshirt sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota will return for his junior season.

“It is an honor to be a student at the University of Oregon and to have the opportunity to represent our institution on the football field alongside my teammates,” Mariota said in a release by the school’s athletic website. “I look forward to earning my degree next year and to the rest of my career at this great University.”

Mariota, a two-time first-team all-Pac 12 selection, owns the second-best QBR (90.1) this season among the nation’s quarterbacks, behind only Florida State's Jameis Winston.

In his two seasons as a Duck, Mariota has totaled 77 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

This season, Mariota passed for 30 touchdowns, rushed for nine and threw just four interceptions while leading No. 12 Oregon to a 10-2 regular-season record and the fifth-highest scoring offense (46.8 points per game) in the country.