Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota declared his eligibility for the NFL draft.
The quarterback announced on the Oregon Ducks' website that he would forgo his senior season. The school said he filed paperwork Wednesday, a day before the NFL deadline.
"I will miss being with my teammates," he said. "Being a part of this team was something special that I will always treasure."
He is expected to be a high first-round pick in the draft.
The 13-2 Ducks defeated Florida State in the Rose Bowl in college football's first playoffs, but fell 42-20 to Ohio State in Monday night's national championship game.
Mariota won every major award he qualified for, starting with the Heisman Trophy, as well as AP Player of the Year and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year.
TCU's Patterson named Coach of the Year
TCU coach Gary Patterson was rewarded for helping the Horned Frogs to an impressive turnaround this season by winning the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year on Wednesday night. Patterson led the Horned Frogs to a 12-1 record a year after they went 4-8.
•Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott decided to return to school for his senior season. The 6-2, 230-pounder had a breakout season for the Bulldogs in 2014, throwing for 3,449 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also ran for 986 yards and 14 touchdowns.
•Southern California receiver George Farmer decided to skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Farmer made little impact in four seasons with the Trojans, catching 30 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns. … Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. The 6-4, 320-pounder was a full-time starter the past two years and named Associated Press third-team All-America in 2014. … LSU hired former Southern California interim head coach Ed Orgeron as the Tigers' new defensive line coach. … Air Force coach Troy Calhoun agreed to a new five-year contract that runs through 2019.
Raiders hire Del Rio as coach
The Oakland Raiders hired Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their new head coach in hopes that the Bay Area native who grew up cheering for the Raiders can return the team to its glory days.
A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed on condition of anonymity that Del Rio signed a four-year deal to replace interim coach Tony Sparano. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement had not been made. ESPN first reported the hiring.
The former Vikings linebacker becomes Oakland's ninth head coach since the start of the 2003 season. The Raiders have the NFL's worst record in that span, having failed to produce a single winning season or playoff berth.
•The Jets hired Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as their head coach. The 51-year-old Bowles replaces Rex Ryan, who was fired, along with General Manager John Idzik, on Dec. 29 after six seasons. … Chan Gailey is returning to the NFL as Jets offensive coordinator. The former Dallas and Buffalo head coach was out of football the past two seasons after being fired as the Bills coach after the 2012 season.
•Jim Tomsula, 46, is expected to be appointed as Jim Harbaugh's successor and become the 49ers' head coach after eight seasons as their defensive line coach, ESPN first reported. Unlike most of the league's other 28 current coaches, Tomsula has never been an NFL coordinator, a steppingstone also skipped over by only the Chiefs' Andy Reid, the Giants' Tom Coughlin and the Eagles' Chip Kelly.
Braves trade Gattis to Astros
The Braves reportedly agreed to trade slugger Evan Gattis to the Astros for three prospects. The Braves will get two of the Astros' top-10 prospects — righthander Mike Foltynewicz and third baseman Rio Ruiz.
Gattis, 28, hit .263 with 22 home runs and 53 RBI last year. He has 43 home runs in only 213 career games with the Braves.
Foltynewicz, 23, a first-round draft pick in 2010, was rated the Astros' No. 3 prospect last month by Baseball America. He's a hard-throwing starter who made his major league debut in 2014 and had a 5.30 ERA in 16 relief appearances, after posting a 3.98 ERA with 478 strikeouts in 562 innings in five minor league seasons.
•The Astros have agreed with Chris Carter on a one-year contract for $4,175,000, avoiding arbitration with the designated hitter. Carter tied for second in the majors with a career-high 37 homers last season. The 28-year-old hit .227 with 88 RBI, which also were the most of his career.
•Johan Santana retired six consecutive batters in the Venezuelan Winter League, the first outing for the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner since he tore an Achilles' tendon last June. Starting for the Magallanes Navigators in a 10-2 victory over the Aragua Tigers, the Venezuela lefthander threw 17 pitches and didn't have any strikeouts in the two-inning outing. The Twins are among the teams scouting Santana.
AROUND THE HORN
Golf: Web.com Tour golfer Bhavik Patel was suspended one year for violating the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy.