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Eagles' Chip Kelly Denies Making Blocksbuster Trade Offer for Marcus Mariota

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It was no secret that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was more than interested in reuniting with former Oregon and now Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, but he denies making a massive trade offer in order draft him.

The Titans were reportedly seeking a king's ransom for the second overall pick, and the Eagles were unwilling to pay it.

"It’s like driving into a nice neighborhood and looking at a house and saying, ‘That’s really nice,’ and then they tell you the price and you turn around and drive away. We didn’t walk in the front door. We didn’t take a look around," Kelly clarified Thursday night.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the Ealges offered the Titans with two first-round picks, a third-round pick, defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, and quarterback Sam Bradford.

“That’s false. We never had any conversations about players," said Kelly. "[The talks] didn’t get very far. The starting price for what it was wasn’t where we were gonna go."

Kelly coached Mariota while the two were both at Oregon.

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Winston Goes First to Bucs, Mariota Second to Titans

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- There were no curve balls to start the 2015 NFL Draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the first overall pick on former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, while the Tennessee Titans stayed put and selected former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota with the second pick.

It's long been thought that Winston would be the first pick of the draft, but off-field character concerns left some doubt that the former Heisman Trophy winner would end up in Florida.

"When we were doing the exhaustive process that we went through, not only were we comfortable with him and his character, we were confident with his character," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said. "We think that his character that he brings to the locker room and the building is a strength. That's one of the things that makes him a great player."

Meanwhile, there was much speculation that the Titans would trade out of the No. 2 spot with many teams interested in using that pick on Mariota, but in the end this year's Heisman Trophy winner was too difficult to pass up.

"It was going to be difficult to convince us to back out," Titans general manager Ruston Webster said.

Mariota becomes the first Oregon quarterback to be selected in the first round since Joey Harrington in 2002.

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Mariota Scores 33 on Wonderlic; Jameis Winston Had 27

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Wonderlic scores for Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston won't be among the knocks against them when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers choose what to do with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

Mariota scored a 33 out of 50 on the test and Winston a 27, Yahoo! Sports has reported, citing multiple league sources, later posting Mariota's score via Twitter.

That puts both in good company among NFL quarterbacks: Andrew Luck scored a 37 while Aaron Rodgers had a 35, Tom Brady a 33 and Philip Rivers a 30. Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson each scored a 28, while Joe Flacco had a 27 and Ben Roethlisberger recorded a 25.

The Wonderlic is a 50-question test administered to all combine participants that measures cognitive ability. The time limit is 12 minutes.

A score of 20 is indicative of "average" intelligence and roughly equivalent to an IQ of 100. Former Bengals punter Pat McInally, who attended Harvard, is the only prospect known to have scored a perfect 50 on the test.

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Reports: Mariota and Winston to Throw at NFL Combine

NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- With the NFL's annual "Underwear Olympics" approaching this weekend, the two most high profile quarterback prospects will participate in passing drills.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota informed teams that he will throw at the NFL combine, reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  Florida State's Jameis Winston will also toss passes at Lucas Oil Stadium, according to NFL Network's Ian Rappaport.

A shoulder injury had caused Mariota's hesitation to throw at the combine. After being informed that it would not cause further damage, the Oregon Ducks quarterback decided to participate.

Last season, Teddy Bridgewater decided to skip the combine passing drills and only throw at his pro day. Bridgewater was considered a top 10 prospect before his pro day, but was drafted No. 32 by the Minnesota Vikings.

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Report: Helfrich Signs New Contract with Oregon

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(EUGENE,Or.) -- The Oregon Ducks and head football coach Mark Helfrich have agreed to a new five-year $17.5 million contract, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

The head coach of the runner up for the National Championship will almost double his salary from $1.8 million per year to $3.5 million per year. He can also earn incentives for winning a National title as well as reaching GPA thresholds for his players.

Helfrich is 24-4 in two seasons as the Ducks head coach after taking over for Chip Kelly, who took the head job with the Philadelphia Eagles. With his new contract, Helfrich will make roughly the same amount that Kelly made in his final years as the Ducks head coach.

Under Helfrich's leadership, the university saw Marcus Mariota flourish, throwing for 4,454 yards and 42 touchdowns, as well as earning the school’s first Heisman Trophy.

Helfrich, 41, began his coaching career at Oregon under Mike Bellotti as a graduate assistant. He then served as quarterbacks coach for Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-2005) until becoming offensive coordinator at Colorado through 2009, where he then took the same position with Oregon under Kelly.

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Oregon QB Marcus Mariota Entering NFL Draft

Banana Stock/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- Oregon quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota has declared his eligibility for this year’s NFL draft. He made the announcement on the school’s website on Wednesday.

“The support I received from the university, the city of Eugene and Duck fans has been tremendous,” Mariota said in a statement. “I will always remember the great times and support I received. Once a Duck always a Duck.”

With Mariota under center, Oregon went 12-1 in the regular season, earning a bid into college football’s first playoff. In the semifinals, the Ducks beat Florida State, 59-20, but fell to Ohio State in the national championship game, 42-20.

“I will miss being with my teammates,” Mariota said. “Being a part of this team was something special that I will always treasure.”

Mariota finished the year with 4,454 passing yards, 42 touchdowns and four interceptions.

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Oregon Dominates Rose Bowl

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(PASADENA, Ca) -- The Oregon Ducks are heading to the National Championship after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 59-20.

The game was 25-20 at halftime, but Oregon's high tempo offense was too much for Florida State's defense, which seemed to give up early in the fourth quarter. 

Florida State didn't do themselves any favors as they committed five turnovers that saw Oregon score a touchdown off of each one. None was more backbreaking than when Jameis Winston slipped on a fourth down play and lost control of the ball attempting a pass. Tony Washington scooped up the ball and ran it back 58 yards, pushing the score to 45-20. 

Marcus Mariota struggled to find a rhythm early, but found his groove and took control of the game. Mariota finished the day 26 of 36 for 338 yards and two touchdowns. He also continued to display his lethal dual-threat ability as he ran the ball eight times for for 62 yards and a touchdown. 

Fellow Heisman Winner Jameis Winston tried to keep pace with Mariota but dropped passes and fumbles would be Florida States undoing. Winston completed 29 of 45 passes for 348 yards and one touchdown as well as one interception that bounced off the hands of his receiver. 

The Ducks ended Florida State's 29-game winning streak as well as toppling the former National Champions.

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Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

Kelly Kline/Heisman Trophy Trust via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota was named the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday.

Mariota led the Ducks to a 12-1 season and one of the top spots in the college football playoff.

The junior quarterback, who finished with 2,534 points, completed 68.7% of his passes for 3,783 yards with 38 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions while leading the Ducks to a Pac-12 title.

Oregon will play the undefeated Florida State Seminoles on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl.

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon finished in second with 1,250 total points after rushing for 2,336 yards and 26 touchdowns this year.  Gordon briefly set a single-game rushing record this season with 408 yards against Nebraska.  Oklahoma's Samaje Perine would break that with 427 yards the following week.

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper finished in third with 1,023 points after pulling in 115 catches for 1,656 yards with 14 touchdowns while being one of the main driving forces behind the Crimson Tide's No. 1 spot in the college football playoff.

Alabama will take on Ohio State on Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl.

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Heisman Finalists Announced

Kelly Kline/Heisman Trophy Trust via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three of college football's top players will soon travel to New York as part of the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Alabama's Amari Cooper, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Oregon's Marcus Mariota were named finalists Monday for college football's top honor. 

Mariota is considered the favorite to win the award after leading a Ducks team to a 12-1 record and a Pac 12 title. He has completed 68.7% of his passes for 3,783 yards with 38 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. Mariota also has run for 14 touchdowns.

Gordon, who broke the single-game rushing record against Nebraska with 408 yards, has totaled 2,336 yards on the ground and 26 touchdowns. The record was broken the following week by Oklahoma's Samaje Perine, who ran for 427 yards. If Gordon is able to run for 293 yards against Auburn in the Outback Bowl, he will eclipse Barry Sander's single-season record of 2,628 yards, set in 1988.  

Cooper led a rejuvenated Crimson Tide passing attack with 115 catches for 1,656 yards and 14 touchdowns, as Alabama captured the No.1 seed in college football's playoff.

The Heisman Trophy will be presented on December 13.


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(2) Oregon Wins Pac-12 Championship

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Marcus Mariota scored five total touchdowns while the Oregon defense held Arizona scoreless in the first half, helping the second-ranked Ducks (12-1) to a 51-13 win in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday. The win avenges a regular-season loss to the Wildcats (10-3), which continues to be the only blemish on Oregon's record.

"There are a bunch of big smiles, and I'm proud of that," Ducks coach Mark Helfrich said. It was the first conference title for Oregon since 2011.

The Ducks were forced to settle for a pair of field goals in the first quarter before the offense began to open up. Mariota rushed for one of his three touchdowns on the ground, giving Oregon a 13-0 lead. The Heisman hopeful ran in from 4 yards out six minutes later for another score as the Ducks led 23-0 at halftime.

"This is a huge accomplishment for us," Mariota said. "Now we need to continue to improve and get better for whoever comes next."

Mariota opened the second half with a passing touchdown, connecting with Devon Allen for a 4-yard score before the Wildcats finally got on the board. A 69-yard pass from Jesse Scroggins to Cayleb Jones helped Arizona avoid a shutout, trimming the lead to 30-7, but Oregon answered with 14 straight points. 

In the fourth quarter, Kenny Bassett scored on a 19-yard run before the Ducks gave up a touchdown run as time expired. Royce Freeman dominated on the ground for Oregon, rushing for 114 yards on 21 carries despite not reaching the end zone.

Oregon has all but guaranteed themselves a berth in the inaugural College Football Playoff, with the final rankings being announced on Sunday.

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