Oregon Football: What You Need to Know About the Ducks' Wide Receiving Corps

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Oregon Football: What You Need to Know About the Ducks' Wide Receiving Corps
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The first thing you need to know about Oregon's WR corps for 2012 is that there are a lot of them. As in 15 wide receivers on the current roster (16 if you count RB De'Anthony Thomas), and three more arriving in the fall.

Which of them will step up to replace the catches from Lavasier Tuinei (48 receptions for 599 yards and 10 touchdowns) and David Paulson (31 receptions for 438 yards and six touchdowns)?

The second thing worth mentioning is that with the departure of LaMichael James, added to the prodigious throwing skills of both Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota, it's likely the passing game will be more prominent in 2012.

It's also worth noting before we start breaking down the WR's that while they are, as a group, young and inexperienced, the talent potential of these kids is nothing short of phenomenal.

For those of you who were frustrated in 2011 by the number of dropped passes, you need to know that there were very few dropped balls in this year's Oregon Spring Game—hallelujah, baby!

When you start hyperventilating at the promise of these young receivers, I ask that you keep one thought in mind: WR coach Scott Frost's most famous quote "No block, no rock." No matter how fast a receiver can run the 40, no matter how reliable his hands, if he doesn't block efficiently to open up that second lane for Kenjon Barner or De'Anthony Thomas, he won't play regularly.

Here's the rundown of this rich WR corps in the order they popped into my mind (not particularly depth chart order—we'll do that once fall camp starts, OK?)

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