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2013 season in review: Wide receivers and tight ends
Release Date: 01/17/2014
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by Rob Moseley



WR: Bralon Addison, So.; Chance Allen, RFr.; Eric Dungy, Jr.; Austin Daich, RFr.; Darren Carrington, Fr.
WR: Josh Huff, Sr.; Daryle Hawkins, Sr.; Chad Delaney, Sr.; Chris Tewhill, RFr.; Devon Allen, Fr.
WR: Keanon Lowe, Jr.; B.J. Kelley, So.; Blake Stanton, Jr.; Jeff Stolzenburg, Jr.; Dwayne Stanford, So.
TE: Colt Lyerla, Jr.; Pharaoh Brown, So.; Johnny Mundt, Fr.; Evan Baylis, RFr.; Koa Ka'ai, So.; Davaysia Hagger, Fr.

Starters: The primary group of Huff, Lowe and Addison started together most of the season, with a couple of exceptions when the Ducks went with two tight ends or two running backs to start a game. Huff, finally close to full health for an entire season, blossomed into a star as a senior. He caught 62 passes for a UO single-season record 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns. The emotion he showed on the sideline at Stanford illustrated the passion with which he played the game — perhaps not always channeled in the most constructive fashion — but Huff's legacy will forever be his final appearance in Autzen Stadium. He caught nine passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns against Oregon State. All nine of this receptions contributed to scoring drives, and the three trips to the end zone included the game-winning score.

Addison also had a breakout season, nearly leading the team in catches on his way to 56 for the season, for 842 yards and seven touchdowns. He took a big step in his development from high school quarterback to college receiver, while also showing — with his early drop at Arizona and muffed punt in the Civil War — that there's even more improvement to anticipate. Lowe's statistical production was the lowest of the three — 18 catches, 233 yards, three touchdowns — but his blocking on screens and run plays was unparalleled. Furthermore, he was among the team's best leaders, a sort of moral compass not afraid to stand up and call the team out late in the year when things were in danger of heading off track. Lowe's maturity and work ethic are without match anywhere on the roster, and any young player would be wise to make Lowe his primary role model going forward.

At tight end, the year began with Lyerla starting — when circumstances allowed it — but his departure at midseason elevated everyone else up the depth chart. Brown rallied from a fall camp injury to catch 10 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, while Mundt surged at midseason with 15 receptions for 261 yards and three touchdowns before fading late. By year's end, Baylis might have been Oregon's most consistent tight end, having worked his way back from a preseason camp injury.

Reserves: Hawkins was the team's third-leading receiver, with 23 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns, and it might have been much more but for an injury that dogged him all season, ultimately sidelining him for the Alamo Bowl. Chance Allen, Dungy and Kelley progressed in fits and starts, catching six passes between them. Delaney and Stanton worked quite a bit with the travel squad in practice, because of various dings plaguing the two-deep, but caught just two balls apiece in games. Daich was one of the hardest-working guys on the scout team, as was Ka'ai at tight end.

Redshirts: The Ducks were able to hold out a ton of talent this past season, guys who figure to have a huge impact on the 2014 two-deep. Stanford worked his way back from a spring knee injury but ultimately was able to take a redshirt, after playing in 2012 as a true freshman. He's a big body committed to blocking, and also a solid pass receiver. Devon Allen brings sprinter's speed to the group, and also is one of the toughest wideouts on the roster. And Carrington was simply spectacular throughout the course of the year in practices. He's sure-handed, not afraid to make a tough catch over the middle and incredibly elusive once he's got the ball — to that end, he practiced as a punt returner too. As a true freshman, Carrington has some maturing to do, but the athletic ability is there. Tewhill and Stolzenburg sat out the season as transfers from small colleges but practiced with the scout team. At tight end, the Ducks have an intriguing young talent in Hagger. He's got a lithe body, built more like a big receiver. But he's exceptionally athletic and sure-handed, as likely as anyone on the roster to provide the most spectacular catch on any given day in practice.


WR: Dwayne Stanford, RSo.; Chance Allen, So.; Eric Dungy, Sr.; Austin Daich, So.; Jalen Brown, Fr.
WR: Bralon Addison, Jr.; Darren Carrington, RFr.; Devon Allen, RFr.; Chris Tewhill, So.
WR: Keanon Lowe, Sr.; B.J. Kelley, Jr.; Blake Stanton, Sr.; Jeff Stolzenburg, Sr.
TE: Pharaoh Brown, Jr.; Evan Baylis, So.; Johnny Mundt, So.; Koa Ka'ai, Jr.; Davaysia Hagger, RFr.

Addison and Lowe are sure things; projecting the other receiver with the No. 1 offense to start April is sort of a crap shoot. Between Stanford, Kelley, Carrington and Chance Allen, it could be any number of guys. The same could be said at tight end, where Brown, Baylis and Mundt all had shining moments in 2013, but none to the point where he seems like a slam dunk for the starting job entering 2014. Beyond that, it will be interesting to watch what sort of progress guys like Carrington and Devon Allen make playing with the travel squad. And April will feature the first collegiate practices for the first 2014 freshman to enroll, Brown, who arrived in January. He was a highly regarded recruit, and while the Ducks return a lot of bodies at this position, a standout spring could keep Brown in the mix come August.

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