Update: Earlier, I passed over the 2000 Holiday Bowl between Oregon and Texas, in which Duck Joey Harrington threw for two touchdowns, ran one in, and caught a fourth in a 35-30 win over Mack Brown’s Longhorns. So…it appears that either Marcus Mariota OR Joey Harrington, or a third quarterback by the name of “Oregon” is the best that Brown ever faced. Thanks to Jason Spencer for the correction.
Original: Since stepping down at Texas, Mack Brown is spending a lot of time interacting with fans on Twitter and answering their questions about his Longhorns coaching career. Today, a fan asked him who the best quarterback who he faced is, and the answer is very interesting.
— Mack Brown (@UT_MackBrown) March 5, 2014
Since Brown’s Texas teams only faced Oregon once, in his final game—the 2013 Alamo Bowl—I assume he means Marcus Mariota. Mariota had a solid game against Texas. He was 18-for-26 for 253 yards and a touchdown, but he didn’t have the type of performance that would seem to make him the best quarterback that Brown ever coached against. Even just in the last few seasons, Brown coached against Heisman Trophy winners Robert Griffin III and Sam Bradford. If this answer is accurate, that’s extremely high praise for Mariota.
Of course, Brown could just have a very short memory.