Oregon Ducks Football: Top 10 Receivers of All Time
Here is part three of the series chronicling the greatest Ducks at their respective positions.
We now look at the best receivers and tight ends to play for Oregon over their long 115-year history.
(Note: Rankings are based off of statistical performance with the Ducks, as well as leadership ability and performance in professional football. Feel free to comment below if you agree or disagree with any of these choices.)
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Day seems to go overlooked for his accomplishments on the gridiron, but not by me. You were great, TD.
One of Oregon’s great tight ends to ever play the game. Will be remembered for being one of Joey Harrington’s favorite targets in the 2001 No. 2-ranked team.
It really is a disappointment with how J-Will’s career ended in Eugene. After a great few years as a starter, drops quickly irritated fans to the point that he was recklessly booed.
10. Pat Johnson
Johnson is in the top 10 in receiving yards and all-purpose yards as well as many other categories.
Johnson played seven seasons in the NFL to conclude his football days.
His time with the Ducks was truly wonderful.
He'll be remembered for "The Catch."
9. Ed Dickson
Big tight end Ed Dickson likely will be remembered by fans as someone who had more potential than his career showed.
But don’t let that fool you. It wasn't for a lack of effort or poor play.
Fans often criticized coach Bellotti and Kelly for not getting the dynamic playmaker the ball enough.
Dickson is now with the Baltimore Ravens.
8. Terry Obee
Obee is another receiver who made a name for himself in the return game.
Obee is second all-time in punt return yardage in a career and top 10 in receiving yardage.
He was in his time a do-it-all receiver.
7. Lew Barnes
Barnes is in the top 10 in most receiving statistics with the Ducks.
Barnes was a dependable 3rd-down receiver who helped extend the field while he was on the field.
He is pretty much a consensus top-10 receiver in Oregon history.
6. Tony Hartley
Hartley is second all-time in receiving yardage and top-five in receptions.
Hartley’s '98 performance against the Huskies is still the greatest individual performance by a Ducks receiver, as Hartley brought in a resounding 242 yards receiving.
He was one of the fastest Ducks ever.
5. Cristin McLemore
McLemore shares similar stats with Hartley, but his 24 TDs were enough to give him the slight edge.
From 1992-95, McLemore was Oregon’s most productive receiver.
With his soft hands are excellent route running, McLemore made his name one to be remembered by Ducks fans.
4. Demetrius Williams
Williams is arguably the most explosive receiver on this list.
Catching balls from an abundance of different Oregon quarterbacks, Williams’ steady hands and agility made him an instant success.
You can find Williams’ name near the top of every Oregon receiving record.
He probably is the fastest Ducks receiver of all time.
3. Jeff Maehl
Maehl is another player who you could count on every game to give you a solid performance.
Maehl was the preferred target for both Jeremiah Masoli and Darron Thomas and it will be sad to see No. 23 no longer on the team.
Here’s to the hopes the Houston Texans realize just how great of a player, leader and character Jeff Maehl is.
Best of luck "Maehl Man."
2. Keenan Howry
If it wasn’t for the next man on this list, Howry would be the best receiver in Oregon Ducks football history.
One of my favorite all-time Oregon memories was Howry’s punt return for a touchdown in the 2001 Civil War that essentially sealed an Oregon victory.
You will be seeing Howry’s name again in another posting.
Even though success wasn't found in the NFL, that doesn't take away how important Howry was to the 2001 Ducks team that finished the year ranked No. 2.
1. Samie Parker
No. 1 in receptions, yardage and touchdowns for an Oregon Duck receiver.
Parker excelled with the Ducks offensively and as a returner and is without a doubt the best Oregon Ducks receiver of all time.
The stats will back him up.