Revolutionizing a revolutionary offense?

Oregonian sports writer Adam Jude believes the hiring of new wide receiver coach Matt Lubick may signal a change in philosophy for the Oregon offense.  The usual run-first attack may evolve to a more pass-heavy offense next year.  Lubick, who coached at Duke last year, was recently named the wide receivers coach of the year by FootballScoop.com.  He brings with him an offensive philosophy that could revolutionize an already revolutionary offense.

Josh Huff, right, will be heavily relied on next year if Oregon becomes more pass heavy.

According to ESPN, Duke had three receivers with over 65 receptions each last year.  To put that in perspective, De’Anthony Thomas led the Ducks with 45 receptions, and he’s a running back!  Josh Huff led the Oregon receiver corps with 32 receptions – meager compared to the Duke receiving corps.  If the Ducks do throw more, the receivers will have to step up and change the way they play the game.

Oregon’s offense relies heavily on blocking from their receivers when running their fast-paced offense.  Last season, Oregon receivers were feared by foes for formidable blocking and were a large reason for the Ducks’ success on the ground.  If the Ducks switch to a more pass-happy offense it will be interesting to see how the receivers transition to their new role, and if they can do so and still maintain their reputation as the meanest downfield blockers in the PAC.

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Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations. He is from San Francisco, California and loves all sports, with his favorites being baseball and basketball. Luc is a die hard bay area sports fan and has been spoiled with the recent success of his teams in the past year. He did not become a Ducks fan until he came to the university 3 years ago, but now accepts them along with his other favorite teams. When Luc is not writing, thinking, or playing sports, he enjoys watching Seinfeld reruns and hanging out with friends. Luc is open to feed back. Follow him on twitter @luchancock