The Ducks will kick off practice for the 2013 season on Monday, Aug. 5. Over the next two weeks I'll preview each position group, offering my own analysis and projected depth chart, keeping in mind that the team doesn't actually have an official depth chart at this point.
Projected depth chart
WR: Keanon Lowe, Jr.; B.J. Kelley, So.; Eric Dungy, Jr.; Chad Delaney, Sr.; Aaron Lee, Jr.; Darren Carrington, Fr.
WR: Josh Huff, Sr.; Chance Allen, RFr.; Jeff Bedbury, Jr.; Devon Allen, Fr.; Dwayne Stanford, So.
SB: Bralon Addison, So.; Daryle Hawkins, Sr.; Blake Stanton, Jr.
KNOWN QUANTITIES: The wealth of experience Oregon enjoys at receiver begins with returning starters Josh Huff and Keanon Lowe, each 11-game starters in 2012. Huff led the team with 493 receiving yards and seven touchdowns; his 32 receptions were second to the 45 of De'Anthony Thomas, who must be mentioned as a factor with this group, as well. Lowe was second among wideouts with 244 yards, on 22 catches, with three touchdowns. He's a guy the rest of the Pac-12 may not know a whole lot about just yet, but who could be in line for a major breakthrough in 2013.
The same could be said of Bralon Addison. As a true freshman he nearly matched Lowe's numbers, with 22 receptions for 243 yards and three scores. And in the spring he established himself as a go-to weapon on offense. With Huff, Lowe and Addison spread out along the line and Thomas in the backfield, not to mention Colt Lyerla at tight end, Oregon's first unit features a dangerous mix at the skill positions. Among the projected backups, the most experienced guy is senior Daryle Hawkins, an unheralded target whose 25 receptions in 2012 matched Lyerla's total for third on the team.
NEW FACES: Though he seemed close to playing at times in 2012, Chance Allen was able to redshirt, and so is in line to make his UO debut this fall. He's a former three-star recruit who grew up with Addison in Texas, and provides a big target at 6-foot-2 and around 200 pounds. The two incoming freshmen are the speedy Devon Allen, who was also recruited to run hurdles for the UO track team, and Darren Carrington, who nursed an injury this summer but hopes to be ready to go for preseason camp.
And not to be overlooked is the presence of a new position coach, Matt Lubick. New offensive coordinator Scott Frost instilled a tough mentality in the receivers while their position coach the last four years, when the Ducks became as well-respected as any team in the country for the tenacity of their wideouts as blockers. Lubick brings a strong track record of experience at the position, and players spoke excitedly in the spring about the new techniques he was teaching.
TO BE DETERMINED: Who else might emerge at receiver for the Ducks in 2013? B.J. Kelley showed some encouraging signs in spring ball, and Eric Dungy is a fine pass-catcher who is trying to develop his consistency as a blocker. Chad Delaney is a local kid, from nearby Elmira, who was placed on scholarship this summer. And what of Dwayne Stanford? He showed a lot of promise as a true freshman in 2012, on special teams particularly, but suffered a knee injury this spring that required surgery. Stanford has a redshirt season if available if necessary.
ESPN's Pac-12 blog says: The Ducks are in great shape at wide receiver.
Coming up Monday: Offensive line