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Will Oregon’s Mariota declare for NFL Draft? He has until Thursday to decide

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Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks throws the ball against linebacker Darron Lee #43 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marcus Mariota’s season ended without the honor that mattered to him most.

Going into Monday night’s game against Ohio State, Oregon’s quarterback said he would trade the Heisman Trophy he won this season for a national championship because the team honor was more important to him that any individual award.

But the fourth-seeded Buckeyes overpowered the Ducks for a 42-20 victory in the first College Football Playoff championship.

It is likely that it was Mariota’s final game at Oregon. He has until Thursday to decide if he’ll skip his senior season and declare his eligibility for the NFL draft.

Mariota is expected to be a top pick.

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