Marcus Mariota’s junior season in Oregon has been impressive, to say the least. Through 11 games, Mariota has passed for 3,103 yards, 32 touchdowns and two interceptions, and has rushed for another 597 yards and nine touchdowns, all while leading Oregon to a 10-1 record and possible berth in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

Mariota’s name is also at the top of several Heisman Trophy watch lists. But heading into this weekend’s game against Oregon State, college football analyst Michael Felder asked on SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio whether a Mariota Heisman Trophy win would be more of a “lifetime achievement” award than an award based on merit.

“I’m still confused as to whether it’s right or wrong, because I think he’s been consistently the best quarterback in college football, which is typically what this award goes to in the last decade and a half,” Felder said. “But, I look at it, and I also see a lot of lifetime achievement stuff. And some of it is the Jameis Winston backlash, where Mariota by all accounts is a saint. And so, it’s turning into a little bit of a lifetime achievement award; something we saw with Colt McCoy, something we saw a little bit with Andrew Luck, where a little bit of it is, ‘Hey, we really like this guy, we think it’s his turn.'”

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