The Ducks’ offensive weapons on the football field during the 2012 season were no secret — Kenjon Barner, De’Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota all became household names. But surely there had to be more pieces to the then Chip Kelly puzzle, right? I mean, is it possible that an entire offense can be successful around two position players and a quarterback? If Josh Huff were asked such a question, his answer would be a snappy, ‘no way’ – and he has a point.
Huff didn’t score as many touchdowns as Barner. He didn’t fly by defenders with the speed of Thomas. Nor did the then junior wideout take the Oregon football team by storm during a freshman year campaign. What Huff did was not pretty, it was necessary.
Since joining the Ducks in 2010, Huff has increased his touchdowns, receptions, and yards each year. Although sidelined for three games due to a knee injury in 2012, the wideout posted career highs with 32 receptions for nearly 500 yards and seven touchdowns.
During a standout junior year, Huff finished with back-to-back, 100-yard games against the University of Southern California and Cal – Berkeley in the Ducks’ campaign to reach their fourth straight BCS bowl.
Now many people may still affiliate Huff’s No. 1 jersey with former quarterback Darron Thomas, but deciding to skip out on the NFL Draft to return for his senior season may be just the ticket to change people’s minds. Call him a sleeper. Call him underrated. Call him what you will – the only word that should come to mind is productive. If the wideout’s past tells us anything, 2013 should be a career year for the Oregon senior.
Come back to the Inside Zone Read tomorrow for an analysis of Huff’s changing role for the 2013 season.
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