WR Josh Huff Leads Oregon Offense Now Complete with Elite Wide Receivers
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While Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas get the headlines, the Oregon Ducks have an additional element in their already high profile offense. In his final year, after a roller coaster ride of success, injuries, position tweaks and maturation, Ducks' wide receiver Josh Huff has emerged as not only a serious threat in all facets of the game, but an invaluable leader of the Oregon offense.
Oregon has always had solid wide receivers that fit the system with their willingness to embrace the, "no block, no rock," mantra instilled by Chip Kelly and former receivers' coach (current offensive coordinator) Scott Frost. No disrespect to the recent crop of Oregon wide receivers because they have served a very valuable role and some have even gone on to the NFL. For the first time in years the Ducks have an elite, versatile and dynamic receiving corps that has helped take their offense to yet another level.
As a sophomore, Huff caught 31 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns while battling injuries and inconsistent play, which lead to rumors of an impending transfer somewhere closer to home. Huff decided to stay put and for good reason. He is the perfect fit for the Ducks. He is a home run threat with the ball in his hand and understands the way the Ducks' offense works. His leadership and work ethic have set an example for the Ducks' young and talented receivers. In 2012 Huff compiled 32 catches for 493 yards and seven touchdowns despite missing four games due to ongoing injury issues.
|Year||Receptions-Yards (Avg.) TD||Rush-Yards (Avg.) TD||Return Yards (Avg.) TD|
|2010||12-214 (17.2) 2||567 (24.7)|
|2011||31-430 (13.9) 2||N/A||174 (21.8)|
|2012||32-493 (15.4) 7||N/A||-5|
|2013||14-298 (21.3) 1||N/A||0|
|Total||77-1,221 (15.9) 10||12-214 (17.2) 2||736 (22.03)|
His numbers won't ever come close to the likes of a Marqise Lee because of the system he plays in and the number of play makers around him. Numbers are one thing. Effort, talent and leadership are another. The NFL scouts like what they see in Huff and believe he could be a valuable addition to an NFL roster as receiver, kick returner and special teams star. Most scouting projections have Huff rated as a fourth-round pick at wide receiver in next year's draft class.
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