Originally Posted by Texian
Mariota is is in a very similar position that Barkley was two years ago. The mere fact of him returning school already has the media making him better than he is. This is true of most media hyped QBs who return to school.
In fairness, Mariota has played very well this year but wasn't spotless; there were concerns about Barkley's arm strength that another year in school wouldn't fix. The same can't be said for Mariota.