Entering his senior season, Josh Huff is the only remaining receiver from the team that experienced the agony of defeat in the national championship game against Auburn. Last season, he led Duck receivers with 7 touchdowns on 32 receptions. The question now is: how will he perform in his final year as a Duck?
The Ducks are fairly inexperienced at receiver, which makes it even more important for Huff to step up as the leader of the unit. It appears that Coach Helfrich plans to place Huff in the slot on many of the packages to take advantage of mismatches and to take pressure off De’Anthony Thomas, who can now freelance between the backfield, slot, and outside.
“You probably won’t believe it, but I feel like the tempo we’re going is a little bit faster than last year. We’re going a lot faster than normal. How much faster can we really go?” asked Huff in an interview after a spring practice. If Huff is right, this offense might just be more dynamic than ever. A rising star – most likely Bralon Addison — will be expected to step up and consistently take the top off of defenses, which Huff has excelled at during his three seasons. This is an offense that has the potential to be just as scary throwing the ball as running.
To leave a legacy as one of the greatest Oregon receivers of all time, Josh Huff must set the tone for the Ducks – on and off the field. With Oregon’s increased emphasis on the passing game, in terms of importance to the team, Josh Huff may truly prove to be number one, just as his jersey number so brightly indicates.