For the most part, I would tell them to try to enjoy the experience," Mariota said when asked if he had any advice for future Heisman finalists
Oregon's only Heisman finalists
before Mariota were quarterback Joey Harrington in 2001 and running back LaMichael James in 2010.
The fact it all happened the same year, along with the ceremony for the Heisman finalists
, and it was unbelievable.
USC fans might say they heard all this a year ago, when Oklahoma rolled into the Orange Bowl with two Heisman finalists
(quarterback Jason White, tailback Adrian Peterson) and an array of other highly publicized players but laid an egg in the national championship game.
The other two Heisman finalists
, Gordon (Doak Walker Aaward) and Cooper (Biletnikoff Award), took home the hardware as the best players at their respective positions.
Andre Williams from Boston College and Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch also made the first team.
Three Heisman finalists
(last year) and leading Heisman candidates (this year), Leinart, Reggie Bush and Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson.
The other Heisman finalists
, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Alabama's Amari Cooper, had outstanding seasons.
It didn't stop Sooners offensive lineman Davin Joseph from providing his assessment on the two Heisman finalists
on each team - running backs Reggie Bush and Adrian Peterson, and quarterbacks Leinart and White.
ESPN host Chris Fowler and analyst Kirk Herbstreit were there, too, just in case they didn't get enough of the Heisman finalists
earlier in the evening.
Statistically, he was a good as anybody that was even in New York," Frost said of the six Heisman finalists
invited to the Downtown Athletic Club.
With Oregon's LaMichael James and Stanford's Luck - both Heisman finalists
last year - leading the way, this year's matchup sets up as one for the ages.