From his start as one of the most physically ready appearances that the Ducks have had out of a true freshman in a long time, Josh Huff has always been an electrifying player. With 4.4 speed and more than 200 pounds of mass Huff is a physical receiver who blocks as well as he catches. The Ducks haven’t had a 1,000-yard receiver since Demetrius Williams in 2005; can Oregon get one in Huff this year?
- Huff displayed soft, assured hands last season. Huff led Oregon with 493 yards receiving on a limited 32 catches in 2012, and a 15.4 average yard per catch suggests he can snag the deep balls as well as make big gains out of short routes. 7 touchdowns receiving also led the Ducks, none sweeter than a 15-yard stiff arm in the face of Huskies’ cornerback Desmond Trufant on the way to the house. Huff has the size at 6 foot, 200 pounds. He has the speed and has displayed the ability to break the field wide open time and time again, but the Ducks must throw more in order for Huff eclipse 1,000 yards next season.
- Head Coach Mark Helfrich has expressed interest in opening up the passing game next season, but thinking about it and doing it are two different things. With a 68.5% completion percentage – 7th best in the country – Marcus Mariota proved he is a passer. If Mariota attempts 425 passes in 2013, nearly 100 more than 2012, Huff will break 1,000 yards receiving on the season. If the Ducks’ Huff’s receptions can increase from 32 to 65, perfectly doable if Helfrich indeed airs the ball out more often, he will be in the ballpark of 1,000 yards.