Oregon Football: Redshirt Freshman WR Transferring Is No Big Deal for Ducks

Erin SorensenContributor IAugust 9, 2012

January 2, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks wide receiver Josh Huff (1) and wide receiver Tacoi Sumler (88) celebrate after the Ducks 45-38 victory against the Wisconsin Badgers at the 2012 Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Tacoi Sumler never gave himself an opportunity to show what he could do as an Oregon Duck. Having only played in the spring game this past April, not much could really be seen as to what the receiver had to offer.

News broke when Oregon Football Sports Information Director Andy McNamara announced the news via Twitter.

Breaking news from @quackcave: Oregon redshirt freshman WR Tacoi Sumler has decided to transfer. Ducks wish him all the best #GoDucks

— Andy McNamara (@McNamaraUO) August 8, 2012


While Sumler was best known for his impressive speed, according to The Examiner, the Oregon Ducks will be just fine without him. Head coach Chip Kelly has a good amount of depth at the receiver position.

The part that has concerned fans the most is how highly touted Sumler has been since the beginning. Known for running a 4.24 second 40-yard dash, the running back was arguably the fastest player in the nation in 2011, according to The Register Guard. Unfortunately for the Ducks, that speed was never tested during the regular season.

Sumler could have provided a lot to the Ducks, but Kelly and his team will move forward with no issues. Returning starter Josh Huff will now play a big roll with help from senior Rahsaan Vaughn and junior Daryle Hawkins.

All three saw considerable playing time in 2011. Running back De'Anthony Thomas, the team's top returning receiver, will also be able to help get the group in very stable condition for 2012.

Additionally, significant playing time was never guaranteed for Sumler, meaning Kelly didn't lose a vital wide receiver to the team as of now. Sumler could have grown to be vital for the Ducks, but it just didn't pan out for the Redshirt freshman that way.

It is unfortunate to see Sumler leave so quickly, but Oregon won't be any worse for wear without him. Where the wide receiver lands is anyone's guess, but it will most likely be near his home in Miami, Florida.