Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) congratulated Hawai‘i’s own Marcus Mariota on winning the Heisman Trophy.
CNN reports: University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy, given annually to the best college football player in the United States, on Saturday night during a ceremony in New York.
Mariota beat two other finalists, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon. KHON-2 shared the broadcast.
Mariota, a junior, is the first player from the University of Oregon and the first native of Hawaii to win the Heisman, according to www.heismancentral.com, a website operated by the Heisman Trophy Trust.
Now, an unusual battle of the Heisman winners is in the offing. Oregon, a No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, will face No. 3 seed Florida State, led by last year’s Heisman winner, Jameis Winston, on January 1.
Each year, the Heisman Memorial Trophy recognizes an outstanding college football player whose performance best demonstrates the pursuit of excellence with integrity. This season alone, Marcus Mariota, the University of Oregon’s star quarterback, accounted for 53 touchdowns, leading Oregon to a 12-1 record and a spot in the College Football Playoff.
The Saint Louis School graduate was also recently honored with the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and Walter Camp awards.