Oregon is filled with talent, no question. In fact, they may have the most talent on offense of any Ducks team in history. Mariota, Thomas, Huff, Lowe, Marshall, you name it and they’ve got it! That’s a lot of choices for Mariota, it’s like showing a kid one hundred different candies but telling him choose just one. Well, the Ducks now have discovered they have yet one more piece of candy for Mariota’s selection in wide receiver B.J. Kelley.
The 6-foot-2, 183-pound wide receiver has had one heck of a start to fall camp, and coaches are taking notice. Kelley, a redshirt sophomore, has always been a threat with his lightning speed, but it’s putting all of his skills together with that speed which has been the missing piece in his game. As a senior in high school, his speed created 17 touchdowns and an amazing 24 yards-per-catch average, and that was without proper technique.
Fall camp for Kelley has been all about learning the correct techniques that in turn could make him a very lethal weapon on this high-powered team. New wide receivers coach Matt Lubick has been working with Kelley intensively to make sure he’s picking up the right ideas. Helping him to improve his timing, routes, running styles and overall awareness. “He’s really technical,” Kelley said in a recent interview. But Kelley understands the process he’ll have to go through as a young Duckling in order to achieve his goals. “It’s hard to go fast all the time,” Kelley stated. Experience has helped him realize that to be efficient, he’ll need to slow his speed down in order to pick up the little things that matter most. Based on what we’ve heard so far this camp, Kelley is doing exactly that.
So make sure to watch out for “The Rocket” (as his teammates call him) this season. Mariota’s newest sweet weapon coming soon to a stadium near you.