I got to spend some time talking with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota as the Ducks began preparations for the Fiesta Bowl last week in Eugene. Mariota took over as starting quarterback for Darron Thomas this year and became the first freshman to earn All-Pac 12 honors since USC’s Todd Marinovich in 1989. Mariota, a Honolulu native, is 6-foot-4, 211 pounds and has thrown for 2,511 yards, 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. He’s also rushed for 690 yards and 4 touchdowns. Oregon and Kansas State square off in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3 on ESPN, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.