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After the horrific 4-8 season, the Oregon Ducks have been left with very little in the receiving core. We lost our number one receiver to Utah as we had no choice but to drop him. Jalen Brown transferred to Northwestern and Devon Allen has dropped football to do track full-time.
As for returning players Taj Griffin and Charles Nelson Sr., they will have to step up their game to help cover the huge gap that is missing after losing players to the draft and to other schools. Taj Griffin, who has spent the most of the offseason recovering from a knee injury and is expected to be ready to go in time for the first game of the season, will now not be in the backfield. Griffin will be bringing his electric speed to the slot position. Charles Nelson will be expected to lead our receivers that lack an experienced body with the departure of Darren Carrington. With lack of bodies in the receiver position, some freshmen could quite possibly step into a key role for the upcoming season.
Brenden Schooler, who last year as a true freshman lead us in interceptions with four, was seen on the practice field wearing a white jersey, which are reserved for offensive players. Quarterback Justin Herbert offered his thoughts on Brenden Schooler.
“Brenden Schooler is really athletic. He’s really good on both sides of the ball. We’ll be glad to have him on ours.”
Willie Taggart said he plans to use who he feels will help the team win on the field. It appears that philosophy now impacts positions and will likely also mean playing freshmen, something that we have not seen a lot of.
With only that much at our receiving core, that means we will have to lean towards running the ball unless we have some players step up to fill the empty holes. But our offense biggest strength is at the line. We have five returning o-lineman with a lot of playing time. Oregon’s running backs are going to get a significant amount of runs next year because of the weak receiving core for at least the beginning of the season unless we have players step their game up to fill the huge gap that is gone and will be felt until players step up.