Former Bucs head coach Tony Dungy has been on record a number of times talking about former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and why he thinks he is an excellent NFL prospect.
But Tony Dungy isn’t the only member of the Dungy family who can vouch for Mariota. Eric Dungy, Tony’s son, played for Oregon (2010-13) and with Mariota, and now is interning for the Buccaneers and caught up with his former QB earlier on Monday. The two embraced and shared some small talk and later Dungy talked to the Bucs Scott Smith about the Hawaii native.
“One thing that was impressive to me: Obviously, Oregon’s offense isn’t as deep as a pro-style offense but it’s still very hard to learn initially because of the speed,” said Dungy. “My redshirt freshman season was my first year of playing, and he was redshirting, and he picked up the offense really quickly. I was like, ‘What?’ It took me a whole year to get cool with it and he comes in during fall camp and gets it in a couple weeks.
“He’s a hard-worker, too. My last year there, he took a freshman, Darren Carrington, under his wing and Darren had a really great year, especially in the Rose Bowl. You could see the work that Marcus put in with him coming to fruition.”
Tampa Bay and Mariota are spending Monday at One Buccaneer Place getting to know each other as the Bucs try and determine which way to go in the upcoming NFL Draft.
PewterReport.com will have more coverage of Mariota’s visit later on Monday.
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Well, that’s always nice to hear about a QB prospect under consideration for the #1 overall pick. I didn’t even know Dungy’s son worked for the Bucs.
News to me also Pinkstob.
Obviously, the pick is far from being decided. There’s a lot of politics involved and media pressure, but in the end it’s going to come down to “the future of the franchise” not who will win quicker. In the end, I believe the Glazers will do the right thing for the long term and not take unnecessary risks.
I like the off season decision-making so far. Patience is a virtue.
Interning is hardly working for. He might be there for only a couple of days following someone around. Eric, get me some donuts.
Well I hope Tampa will look at the qb from Oregon. I know Tampa still has 80% going with Winston. Tampa may look at winston and why isn’t he going to the draft party in Chicago. HE DECIDES TO STAY HOME! wOULDN’T THAT BE A RED FLAG IF WINSTON DOESN’T SHOW. I think Tampa should look into this matter more. Mariota will be there at the Big Show on Day One of the Draft. I think Tampa should looked at when Mariota could be ready to play. Go Bucs. Alson really what kind of teams are willing to move up to no#1 slot! and what is it worth!Go Bucs regardless of what they do. Go Team!
The reason that Jamies isn’t going to Chicago is he is afraid of getting BOOED when his name is called. He is going to stay home with his mommy and daddy.
Mariota would be a great pick !
George, Joe Thomas who was picked #1 overall by the Browns a couple of years ago, spent draft day on a lake fishing with his dad, and other family members. No one made a peep about it. This is what Jameis faces, he’s damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. I applaud the kid for staying home with the people who love him, not the people who love to hate him.
JT was newer slated as the suspected number 1 pick, and went third. No suspected number 1 pick has not been present for over 20 years. JW is afraid he won’t be number 1. I hope he is right.
Of course a former college teammate would support his QB. Bet Donovan McNabb, Aaron Rodgers, Brady Quinn and others wish they didn’t attend the Draft. Means nothing.
WWDD? (What Would Dungy Do?)….Surfer, Stop being an enabler. Thats why he’s made the decisions he has. It isn’t everyone elses fault he made stupid decisions and put himself under a microscope. That’s whats wrong with these kids today. We continue to make excuses for their behavior and then act surprised when they made bad decision……
This is the future of the team. The face of the franchise. I’m still hoping that the Glazers put there foot down and say no. There is no way Malcom Glazer would be o.k with this. For one thing if the Bucs don’t have a better year this season there is a good chance that both Jason Lincht and Lovie Smith won’t be back and we will still be stuck with Jamies.
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