Tuesday Tape Room: Marcus Mariota makes a difficult throw look easy
Tuesday Tape Room is Pac-12 Networks commentator (and former USC assistant coach) Yogi Roth’s chance to break down tape in search of details worth focusing on -- similar to what's happening in team meetings throughout the conference today.
It was an up-and-down weekend in Pac-12 football. Cal and Colorado were upset by Nevada and Colorado State, respectively, while Oregon and USC reminded the nation how many weapons they have on offense. The Ducks must be especially happy with their first-year starting quarterback Marcus Mariota.
As we dive into the film room let’s look at Mariota’s off-platform accuracy -- the throws he made while on the move -- on display in Oregon's 57-34 win over Arkansas State. In this clip from mid-way through the first quarter, notice how his feet are taken away from him as he rolls to his left:
As Mariota sprints out left, his feet are taken away as they are crisscrossed. As his momentum takes him toward the sideline, Mariota uses his strength to disassociate his upper and lower body while using his hips to create velocity on the ball. He is accurate because he is able to flash his left shoulder at his target, Josh Huff, and torque his body to create momentum and remain on point. While this four-yard throw looks simple it is actually one of the most difficult of them all for a signal caller. Most sail high and too far in front of the receiver.
Here's another view:
If Mariota can continue to make accurate throws in small windows while off-platform this Oregon offense may be the most dangerous in the Chip Kelly era. There is no defense for a quarterback who can scramble and throw with accuracy in the red zone.