Mariota says shoulder improving, unsure about throwing at combine
Former Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota says the sprained AC joint in his right shoulder is improving, but he is still unsure if he will throw at the NFL scouting combine this week.
Mariota, who injured his shoulder in the national championship game, did not participate in the Senior Bowl.
Mariota was in Fort Worth on Monday to accept the Davey O’Brien award as the nation’s top quarterback.
"You just have to get one team to love you. That's all that really matters," Mariota said to the Associated Press. "You are interviewing and trying to market yourself to get a job. ... That's what's fun about this process."
As far as throwing at the combine, Mariota says a decision will be made in a few days.
"Really, I'm looking forward to throwing if I'm able to do that," he said. "It's going to be a decision that my agent and the team that I have around me will decide when I get closer."
Mariota, who also won the Maxwell, Walter Camp and AP Player of the Year awards, completed 68 percent of his passes for 4,454 yards with 42 touchdown passes and four interceptions this season.
He also scored 15 rushing touchdowns, setting the Pac-12's mark for career touchdowns. Mariota is expected to be a top choice in the NFL draft, which will be held in Chicago starting April 30.
- Scooby Axson