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Oregon Ducks Receivers: Checking the Box for New Maehl

Oregon Ducks Receivers: Checking the Box for New Maehl

Josh White
Reported by Josh White on July 13, 2012
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Jeff Maehl is tied for the most receiving TD's all time at Oregon. Not bad for a guy recruited to play safety.

For many years, the Oregon Ducks football program was known mostly for their play on offense, perhaps most commonly for superb quarterback and receiver play. Often times, the fate of the offensive success for the Ducks rested heavily on the effectiveness of the playmakers at those two positions to get the job done in a tight contest coming down to the wire. Oregon was an explosive downfield passing team, armed with a full arsenal of screen passes and deep routes designed to provide big plays at key moments.

While the Ducks had their fair share of dominant running backs and linemen, the old pro-style offense simply did not allow for the huge running lanes evident in Oregon’s current spread system. Usually to have a big game rushing, a running back had to shoulder 25-30 carries on off-tackle or dive plays, having to break tackles to reach the second level of an opposing defense. Even when there were holes, the Ducks used the run game just to loosen up the defense to strike through the air.

Not anymore. Oregon today shatters rushing records with each passing season, ballooning the stats to numbers never before thought possible. Before the spread Oregon ran to setup the pass, now Oregon runs to set up more runs.

Ever since then-head coach Mike Bellotti decided to pull the plug on the reliable but very familiar pro-set before the 2005 season, the look of Oregon’s offense has changed drastically. With the shift to the spread-option now under the direction of head coach Chip Kelly, Oregon has morphed from a pass-oriented team to one dominating the conference, and 95% of the nation, in total rushing yards each year.

With this change, the wide receivers’ responsibilities in the offense have evolved as well. Now, instead of running slants and streaks all game, the group’s primary role is that of perimeter blockers, and receivers of generally shorter screen, stick, curl, and option routes. Although they still at times will go deep, gone are the days of Oregon airing it out deep often.

Since 2007 when Chip Kelly took over calling the plays, Oregon has been especially effective in the run game, with players like Jonathan Stewart, Jeremiah Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner, and De’Anthony Thomas carrying the load. Over the same time period, the Oregon quarterbacks have contributed some big yards rushing, and a record amount of touchdowns, as well.

Dennis Dixon was a true dual threat in 2007

It is now the era of the dual-threat quarterback, ones that can gouge a defense with their arm or their legs. Even those not immediately recognized as able runners have found lanes to run in this scheme effectively.

Kellen Clemens, Dennis Dixon, Justin Roper, Jeremiah Masoli, and Darron Thomas all were adept at picking up yards on the ground, while completing a high percentage of passes when they took to the air. They all had slightly different styles as players like Clemens and Masoli were surprisingly physical as runners, while Darron Thomas and Dennis Dixon ran with more elusiveness and straight-line speed. With the debatable exception of Masoli, all of them were capable of winning games consistently with their arms if tasked to do so.

Big receiving numbers haven’t been prevalent of late, Demetrius Williams’ senior campaign in 2005 and Jeff Maehl’s 2010 season the only two years that stand out in the stat lines for dominant performances since the switch to the spread. Jeff Maehl graduated following the 2010 campaign, taking with him his 77 catches and nearly 1,100 yards and 12 tds with him.

Last year, DeAnthony Thomas and Lavasier Tuinei were tops on the team in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Following another Oregon tradition, David Paulson turned in a strong season at tight end. Other than that, the individual receiving stats during the Rose Bowl winning run last year were mostly pedestrian by comparison to prior years. Odd, in that simultaneously Darron Thomas broke nearly every passing record at the school. But, do the Ducks actually need a 900-1,000 yard receiver?

The upcoming season will provide opportunity for new faces to step in and produce. Will it be the veteran players like Josh Huff, Rahsaan Vaughn, Daryle Hawkins, or Blake Stanton? What about the redshirt freshmen from last year–BJ Kelley, Tacoi Sumler, or Devon Blackmon? How about an under the radar player like Eric Dungy, Will Murphy, or Chad Delaney? Lastly, can the Ducks count on the newest players Chance Allen, Bralon Addison, or Dwayne Stanford for any production in their first year?

One thing is certain; the Ducks will have some serious depth at receiver, and a new presumably effective quarterback throwing the passes. But, can any of these players have a Maehl-like season?

Here are the receiving stats from the last two seasons:

Receiving Statistics 2010
NAME

REC

YDS

AVG

LONG

TD

Jeff Maehl

77

1076

14.0

81

12

D.J. Davis

42

470

11.2

38

3

David Paulson

24

418

17.4

61

4

Lavasier Tuinei

36

396

11.0

43

2

Josh Huff

19

303

15.9

57

3

LaMichael James

17

208

12.2

84 (TD)

3

Kenjon Barner

13

121

9.3

60 (TD)

2

Brandon Williams

2

48

24.0

29

0

Daryle Hawkins

4

26

6.5

12 (TD)

1

Will Murphy

2

22

11.0

13

0

Dustin Haines

1

18

18.0

18

0

Malachi Lewis

2

17

8.5

9

1

Remene Alston Jr.

2

16

8.0

14

0

Andres Reed

1

15

15.0

15

0

Justin Hoffman

3

15

5.0

9

0

Marvin Johnson

1

11

11.0

11

0

Chad Delaney

1

2

2.0

2

0

Totals

248

3178

12.8

84

31

 

Receiving Statistics 2011
NAME

REC

YDS

AVG

LONG

TD

De’Anthony Thomas

46

605

13.2

69 (TD)

9

Lavasier Tuinei

48

599

12.5

55 (TD)

10

David Paulson

31

438

14.1

34

6

Josh Huff

31

430

13.9

59 (TD)

2

LaMichael James

17

210

12.4

44 (TD)

1

Kenjon Barner

17

184

10.8

54 (TD)

3

Rahsaan Vaughn

14

184

13.1

46

1

Colt Lyerla

7

147

21.0

39 (TD)

5

Justin Hoffman

10

133

13.3

33

0

Daryle Hawkins

5

102

20.4

51

1

Will Murphy

3

37

12.3

24

0

Eric Dungy

2

34

17.0

22 (TD)

1

Darron Thomas

1

8

8.0

8

0

Nick Musgrove

1

8

8.0

8

0

Tra Carson

1

6

6.0

6

0

Ben Butterfield

2

5

2.5

3

0

Totals

236

3130

13.3

69

39

 

So of the current roster of receivers, which of these will emerge in 2012?

6

Thomas, DeAnthony RB

5-9

173

So. Los Angeles,Calif.(Crenshaw HS)

12

Blackmon, Devon WR

6-1

194

RFr. Fontana,Calif.(SummitHS)

26

Butterfield, Ben WR

6-0

193

Jr. Sherwood,Ore.(Sherwood HS)

84

Delaney, Chad WR

6-0

181

Jr. Elmira,Ore.(ElmiraHS)

19

Dungy, Eric WR

6-1

183

So. Tampa,Fla.(Plant HS)

91

Ebanez, Dane WR

5-9

178

Jr. North Pole,Alaska(North Pole HS)

16

Hawkins, Daryle WR

6-4

198

Jr. Omaha,Neb.(OmahaCentral HS)

81

Hoffman, Justin WR

6-1

206

Sr. Eugene,Ore.(Churchill HS)

1

Huff, Josh WR

5-11

200

Jr. Houston,Texas(Nimitz HS)

92

Johnson, Miles WR

6-1

176

RFr. ShermanOaks,Calif.(Woodland Hills HS)

23

Kelley, B.J. WR

6-2

179

RFr. Fresno,Calif.(Central HS)

7

Lowe, Keanon WR

5-9

179

So. Portland,Ore.(Jesuit HS)

90

Murphy, Will WR

6-2

186

Sr. Albany,Ore.(West AlbanyHS)

41

Stanton, Blake WR

5-11

210

So. Los Angeles,Calif.(Crespi HS)

88

Sumler, Tacoi WR

5-9

173

RFr. Miami,Fla.(Christopher Colombus HS)

10

Vaughn, Rahsaan WR

6-2

193

Sr. Oakland,Calif.(College of San Mateo)

 

In addition, can any of these highly touted true freshmen find a way to contribute, making an impact next season?

Chance Allen WR/6-3/191/Missouri City, TX

Bralon Addison ATH/5-10/185/Missouri City, TX

Dwayne Stanford WR/6-5/185/Cincinnati, OH

Demetrius Williams, statistically the best Oregon receiver ever?

 

 

Here is a look at some of the greatest receiving performances in Oregon history.

 

Top 10 receiving yards (individual season)

Name Year PC YG Avg TD
1. Bob Newland 1970 67 1123 16.6 7
2. Samie Parker 2003 77 1088 14.1 7
3. Jeff Maehl 2010 77 1076 14.0 12
4. Pat Johnson 1997 55 1072 19.5 8
5. Demetrius Williams 2005 55 1059 17.9 10
6. Damon Griffin 1998 58 1038 17.9 7
7. Cristin McLemore 1995 64 1036 16.2 4
8. Tony Hartley 1998 48 1015 21.1 10
9. Jaison Williams 2006 68 984 14.5 6
10. Demetrius Williams 2003 51 935 18.3 8

 

Top 15 career receiving stats

Name From To GP REC YDS TD Y/A Y/G
1. Demetrius Williams 2002 2005 45 162 2660 20 16.4 59.1
2. Keenan Howry 1999 2002 46 165 2606 23 15.8 56.7
3. Samie Parker 2000 2003 48 169 2599 18 15.4 54.1
4. Jaison Williams 2005 2008 50 174 2546 21 14.6 50.9
5. Cristin McLemore 1993 1995 34 156 2391 23 15.3 70.3
6. Tony Hartley 1997 1999 33 135 2358 21 17.5 71.5
7. Jeff Maehl 2007 2010 52 178 2311 24 13.0 44.4
8. Terry Obee 1987 1989 33 112 1977 15 17.7 59.9
9. Damon Griffin 1996 1998 21 101 1749 14 17.3 83.3
10. Ed Dickson 2006 2009 52 124 1557 12 12.6 29.9
11. Pat Johnson 1994 1997 23 85 1544 10 18.2 67.1
12. Greg Bauer 1974 1976 33 120 1496 7 12.5 45.3
13. Lew Barnes 1984 1985 22 87 1423 13 16.4 64.7
14. Marshaun Tucker 1999 2000 22 82 1352 9 16.5 61.5
15. Joe Reitzug 1988 1990 32 84 1316 4 15.7 41.1

 

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  • Jasoncurtis1

    I would love to see a top notch WR at Oregon.  As much as I respect Maehl and loved watching him play he wasn’t really a “big play” type receiver.  He was our big play receiver, but I think his work ethic and consistency set him apart.   
    To me, 1 guy who is a true WR and is a guy that makes the other coaches say “we MUST have 2 defenders that KNOW where he is at all times” would open everything up even more.  Specifically in those big games against USC or an OOC Top 15 team.  A guy like Wilson up at Wazzou that you can count on for 100+ per game.

  • Electric Duck

    I have a feeling Murphy is going to impress…
    …just a feeling….

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  • Griff

    Damon Griffin did what he did in 21 games and is in the top 10….now that’s impressive!!!!!!  Maybe I’m just being bias:)