One of the greatest Ducks to ever suit up will serve as an honorary captain for the program’s season-opener against No. 3 Georgia.

It’s a Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game tradition to recognize former alums of the two teams playing in the annual season-opening contest, and this season, Atlanta Falcons quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota has been named the honorary captain for No. 11 Oregon.

Mariota will join the team captains at midfield for the pregame coin toss prior to the 12:30 p.m. PT kickoff on Sept. 3 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium — the same stadium Mariota will call home in 2022 as he looks to reignite his professional career.

From 2012-14, Mariota was one of the best quarterbacks in college football. He threw for 2,677 yards and 32 touchdowns as a freshman in 2012, leading the Ducks to a 12-1 record and a Fiesta Bowl win.

He then went for 3,665 yards and 31 touchdowns a year later, as Oregon went 11-2 with an Alamo Bowl drubbing of Texas.

In Mariota’s final season of college ball, he threw for 4,454 yards and 42 touchdowns en route to a Heisman Trophy and a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship.

For his career, Mariota completed 67% of his passes while tossing only 14 interceptions — one for every 83 pass attempts. Mariota was one of the most devastating quarterbacks we’ve seen in recent college football history, given his security with the football and his dual-threat playmaking. Mariota finished his Oregon career with an additional 2,237 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns — including 15 during his Heisman season.

Oregon went 36-5 with Mariota as its starting quarterback.