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.
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.