Marcus Mariota's long fingers are helpful, the stuff of legends

What do legendary keyboardist Bruce Hornsby and baseball pitchers Pedro Martinez and Sandy Koufax have in common with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota?

Before you question this grouping that at first glance seems to have no connection, the answer actually shouldn't surprise you: They all have exceptionally long fingers, or “spider fingers” as Hornsby so aptly dubbed back in the day to describe a unique set of extremities.

Think about it...having long fingers to play a piano and throw a baseball has its advantages, and those advantages extend into throwing the football. You have more control and feel when releasing the pigskin, just as you can more easily tap the ivory or spin a 12-6 curve than your counterparts.

Our own Ted Robinson elaborates:


In this, his sophomore campaign, Mariota has taken full advantage of his natural gifts, and appears as though he will be part of the Heisman Trophy conversation for the remainder of the regular season.

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