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Football: Ducks pick Mariota as starting QB

By Jeff Faraudo
Friday, August 24th, 2012 at 8:33 pm in Football, Pac-12 news.

 Coach Chip Kelly announced that redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota has won the starting quarterback job for No. 5 Oregon, beating out Bryan Bennett, who was the backup last season to Darron Thomas.

Former Duck and 49ers rookie LaMichael James greeted the announcement with enthusiastic optimism. “He will possibly be the best qb to ever play at Oregon!” James posted to Twitter. “He’s the real deal.”

Elsewhere . . .

– USC starting cornerback Isiah Wiley has been ruled academically ineligible and has lost his scholarship.

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