Oregon's Marcus Mariota stands with his trophy after being awarded the Davey O'Brien Award for Nation's Best Quarterback at the College Football Awards, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
John Raoux
December 11, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Walter Camp player of the year award Thursday night.

Mariota is the first Oregon player to win the award. The junior is a Heisman Trophy finalist and the front-runner to win that award Saturday night in New York. Also Thursday, he won the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.

The other finalists for the Camp award are Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III.

Mariota leads the nation passing efficiency (186.3) and has accounted for a Pac-12 record 53 touchdowns, including 38 touchdown passes. The junior led the Ducks to the first College Football Playoff, where they will be the second-seed and play Florida State on Jan. 1.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won last year's Walter Camp award.

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