Marcus Mariota Aims to Stay Hot on the Road


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marcus Mariota played in some pretty flashy uniforms while starring in college at Oregon.

The Titans rookie quarterback is already looking forward to changing things up from a fashion standpoint on Thursday night when the Titans break out their light blue uniforms against the Jaguars as part of the NFL's Color Rush promotion.

"I am excited about them," said Mariota, who wore his light blue cleats in Tuesday's practice. "It is going to be fun to get something different."

Mariota and the Titans have a quick turnaround this week. After playing on Sunday against the Panthers, the team held a light practice on Monday and will conduct a walk-through Wednesday before heading to Jacksonville. Tuesday's session was cut short by design, interim coach Mike Mularkey said.

"First and foremost it's about getting your body ready, and then from there mentally, just getting in your game plan and knowing what you are doing,'' Mariota said. "But it's going to be fun, and we're looking forward to it."

The Titans added two receivers to the 53-man roster on Tuesday – Tre McBride (from the practice squad) and Andrew Turzilli (off San Francisco's practice squad). Mariota said he's already comfortable with them, having worked with both of them in the past.

"I was with them throughout the entire rookie minicamp, throughout OTAs,'' Mariota said of McBride and Turzilli. "If their number is called those guys will be ready and we'll expect good things out of them."

On Thursday, Mariota will aim to stay hot on the road.

How's this for an impressive stat? Mariota has thrown 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his three starts away from Nissan Stadium, including two four-touchdown games at Tampa Bay and New Orleans in wins.

In seven starts this season, Mariota has thrown 13 touchdowns vs. 6 interceptions.

"I just play my game, play myself,'' Mariota said of his success on the road. "I don't treat it any different than any other game. It is fun playing in a hostile environment. Any competitive athlete would tell you there's a satisfaction when you are able to compete to the best of your ability on the road. But for me I don't treat any game any differently, I kind of have the same mentality throughout."

Titans Online looks back rookie QB Marcus Mariota's regular season debut. (photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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