Oregon head coach Chip Kelly emphasized again on Saturday afternoon in his post spring game comments that completing a depth chart for the fall wasn’t in his immediate plans. In fact, Kelly said he and his coaching staff won’t even begin considering a depth chart until a week before the Ducks first game on September 1st.
That might be true, but redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota certainly felt he needed to leave a lasting impression on Kelly and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich over these next few months when coaches and players aren’t allowed to have official contact until fall camp.
Mariota not only made a lasting impression on Saturday, he just might have secured a starting role when the Ducks begin the 2012 season against Arkansas State. Ok, he may not have won the job, but by most accounts he certainly won the day. ”Obviously, Marcus did a really good job,” Kelly said in his post game remarks.
Of course, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich was bit more reserved in his evaluation. He told reporters in his post game comments that both quarterbacks still have parts to their game that they can fix. On the day, Mariota was 18 of 26 for 202 yards with a touchdown through the air. Mariota also rushed for 99 yards with two scores on the ground.
Mariota met with members of the media on Saturday afternoon after his debut performance in Autzen Stadium. Watch the entire video interview here.