The Ducks’ Next 1,000 Yard Receiver?

Mariota is a potential top-5 pick in the NFL draft.

Since the Ducks have become “The Ducks” we’ve predominantly been known as a running team.  The Ducks have had 1,000 yard rushers over the past five seasons in Jeremiah Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, LaMichael James, and Kenjon Barner – pretty impressive stuff for any team in any conference.  While the Ducks have been top-5 in the country in rushing yards per game over the last seven years, they have lacked big time in the passing game.

Huff will be counted on to have a big season

Photo by Gary Breedlove Photography

Huff will be counted on to have a big season.

Dont get me wrong here, Marcus Mariota is a huge step up from Bryan Bennett, Darron Thomas, and Jeremiah Masoli, and they were all stars in their own right.  However, a pertinent question remains: who at receiver steps up and becomes the go-to guy?  DAT is supposedly moving  full-time to running back, which all but takes him out of the running to become the next 1,000 yard receiver.  That in my opinion (I’m sure shared by many) leaves the door wide open for the emergence of the real Josh Huff.  We’ve seen flashes of brilliance from him over the past several seasons, but it’s never all come together.  With Mariota at the helm and a bevy of other offensive options for the Ducks, look for Huff to step up and become a real threat on the outside and become the next Duck receiver to finish a season with more than a thousand yards.

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Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman is a Senior at the University of Oregon.  He is a cinema studies major and communications minor.  Alex is from the Bay Area and grew up a Cal Bears fan due to many family members attending, but quickly transitioned into being apart of Duck Nation upon his arrival at the U of O.  Alex also works as an ESPNU campus connector as a representative of Oregon.  He hopes to break into the sports media and marketing world once he graduates in June.  All in all Alex is a huge Pac-12 and passionate Duck fan.  Alex would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about each and every one of his articles.  

  • rodical duck

    I like Huff, but I believe that one of Mariota’s many strength’s is utilizing the entire play book and finding the open receiver(s). I’d rather have three wideouts with 600 yards each, then one with a thousand and two with 400. It just makes it so much more difficult for the defense to cover and opens up the field for big plays. Also, Lyerla should be a primary receiver on at least one out of four passing plays, in my opinion, since he is such a beast after the catch, and even if DAT gets a majority of the hand-offs, the staff would be ill-advised to not look to get him the ball through the air, ala LaMichael James.

    Also, Thomas and Masoli were certainly stars, but Bennett never got that opportunity.

  • hokieduck

    Who said DAT is moving full time to RB? I doubt that seriously. He is simply not built to take 20 some touches through the tackles. Perhaps I will be wrong about this (it will certainly not be the first or last time for that) but I see DAT getting a few more touches from the backfield but think he will keep his role as an everything guy.