Targets Set High for Mariota’s Targets

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Kevin Cline

All signs point to the 2013 Oregon Ducks being a bit more pass happy than in recent years.  With the graduation of Kenjon Barner, Chip Kelly’s departure, Marcus Mariota’s growth into a Heisman-caliber quarterback, and the promotion of wide receivers coach Scott Frost to offensive coordinator, it just makes sense that the Ducks will be inclined to throw the ball more this season.

That’s a relatively safe prediction, and I’ll back it up with some numbers and individual predictions for receivers.  Mariota and Bryan Bennett combined for 373 pass attempts, 250 completions, 35 touchdowns and nearly 2900 yards in 2012.  Based off that, I’m predicting Mariota will throw the ball 400+ times, accumulating 35+ touchdowns and 3300+ yards.

Predictions for receivers:

Colt Lyerla

Lyerla's athleticism makes him a threat from anywhere

Craig Strobeck

Lyerla’s athleticism makes him a threat from anywhere.

The Ducks’ attention-getting, pass-catching tight end, Lyerla is listed first because I think he is the most vital piece to success on offense.  Word on the street is that he’s slimmed down a bit, which should help him stay healthy for an entire season.  And a healthy season for the 6-foot-5 Lyerla will equal a happy season for Oregon.

Lyerla should finish with 45+ receptions, 600+ yards, and 10 touchdowns.

2012 Stats (affected by a mid-season knee injury): 25 receptions, 392 yards, 6 touchdowns.

Josh Huff

Josh Huff after six at USC

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Josh Huff after six at USC

Huff is a serious deep threat with NFL-quality speed and is becoming more polished as a route runner.  Entering his senior season, he will either break out and become a star for the Ducks or simply be a solid contributor.

Huff should have 50-70 receptions, 700-1000 yards, and 9 touchdowns.

2012 Stats (missed 3+ early-season games with a knee injury): 32 receptions, 493 yards, 7 touchdowns.

De’Anthony Thomas is harder to predict, as his growth into the feature back role may hurt his receiving stats.  Daryle Hawkins and Keanon Lowe will compete with young guns B.J. Kelley and Bralon Addison, both of whom are superior athletes.

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Brett Perez

Brett Perez

Brett is a graduate of Astoria High School and is currently a sophomore journalism student at the University of Oregon and member of the 2012-2013 Cheerleading team. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 211 in Astoria, and enjoys rock climbing and all fitness pursuits. Brett's favorite sport is baseball, with football a close second. Minoring in Spanish, he hopes to work with Latinos in Major League Baseball in some capacity in the future, either as a scout or translator.

  • hoboduck

    Nice job here Brett.
    Most believe as you that the Ducks will pass 60% and run 40% which is opposite from the preceding years. I think BM is going to surprise everyone and step up strong. If he gets 5 on first down, the possibilities are endless.
    I too think they will pass a little more…maybe 50/50. I don’t see the big numbers for any one receiver because I really believe that MM will use all his weapons. There should be no “go to guy.”

    Everyone gets a taste and that is why we are going to be so successful this year. We have all watched MM checking down to the 3 guy. He is always looking down the field on pass plays. We are so loaded with talent everyone will get the chance to contribute. Speaking of Chance. Great hands.
    Again, nice job.
    Go Ducks WTD