Competitors: Chance Allen, Devon Allen, Darren Carrington, B.J. Kelley and Dwayne Stanford
The new-look Oregon wide receiver corps is perhaps the most intriguing and certainly the greatest unknown element to the Ducks offense. Every other offensive positional unit save tight end is a proven commodity.
Due to Josh Huff's departure for the NFL and Bralon Addison's knee injury, the wide receiver corps is banking on potential. Fortunately for the Ducks, there's plenty of it.
Senior Keanon Lowe is the only returner with substantial production to his credit in 2013, having made 18 receptions for 233 yards. Devon Allen and Darren Carrington, the redshirt freshmen who impressed Helfrich this spring, have zero combined catches at the college level.
The same is true of redshirt sophomore Austin Daich, who scored a touchdown in the spring game. Dwayne Stanford made 11 receptions in 2012 but missed the 2013 season with injury.
That leaves Chance Allen with five and B.J. Kelley with one as the only other Ducks receivers with catches a season ago. Kelley had another six catches in 2012.
Helfrich told Andrew Greif of The Oregonian that Kelley could be a difference-maker, so long as he addresses one particular area:
Consistency. He’s a guy with incredible natural ability from the speed standpoint but putting it all together … At times he looks great. The other day he had a big play at the end of the scrimmage to score a touchdown and five other ones that were either assignment errors or misalignments or busts or things that can’t happen. That consistency, count-on-me type of guy, if he could turn into that, it would be huge.
The coach's assessment of Kelley is something of a microcosm for the entire unit heading into the first practices for fall.
All statistics compiled via CFBStats.com. Recruiting rankings and information culled from 247Sports.com composite scores.