The Oregon Ducks Football season is now three weeks old and the Ducks are in a solid place – ahead of Stanford at #2 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll this week after dismantling SEC Team on the Rebound, Tennessee. Of course several big things stood out in the game against the Vols, one being the performance of Oregon Sophomore Quarterback Marcus Mariota. The folks over at Addicted to Quack took a closer look at the first three games statistically speaking and the results are impressive.
One particular stat that stood out to me:
Marcus Mariota is averaging 296 passing yards per game, a very large chunk of passing yards. While Oregon still gets most of their yardage on the ground, the margin (1066 rushing yards vs. 950 yards through the air) is closer than it has been in recent years. The Ducks have put up 2016 yards in three games, two of those against power conference opponents. Yikes.