Marcus Mariota last night won the Heisman Trophy for being the most outstanding player in the college football season.
The Oregon Ducks quarterback beat Alabama’s Amari Cooper and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon to the award.
And it’s richly deserved after he led Oregon to a Rose Bowl play-off berth against Florida State on New Year’s day.
He has accounted for 53 Pac-12 touchdowns this season and earned 90.2 points in the vote – the second highest percentage of possible points in Heisman Trophy history.
It was a highly emotional moment as he ran through the written notes of his acceptance speech, praying tribute to the other nominees, his family and his team-mates among others.
It now sets Mariota up for a big play-off push as the Ducks chase a national championship and he’s expected to go high in the NFL Draft in 2015 too.