- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
With an offense as fast and lethal as Oregon's, it might seem odd that the three-time defending conference champions are in need of more weapons.
The one thing the Ducks have been missing in the Chip Kelly era is a truly elite wide receiver. Jeff Maehl and LaVasier Tuinei both had great hands and were great leaders who bought into the Ducks' system. What they didn't have was breakaway speed.
The Ducks have improved athletically at the position and have some solid young talent waiting in the wings. That said, they are still in search of that go-to game-breaker on the outside.
If the Ducks are able to find a player like USC's Marqise Lee or Cal's Keenan Allen, there would be almost no chance at stopping their offense. Kelly wants a certain type of receiver as he employs a run-oriented offense. Getting receivers to buy into the idea of clearing out would-be tacklers from the second level as a first priority is a tough sell.
As the Ducks continue the search for that elusive all-in-one wide receiver, here is how the position is shaping up for the Class of 2013.
With one commitment from a true wide receiver and three commitments from athletes who could wind up on offense, the Ducks are still in search of one or two more wide receivers this year.
Official visits in parentheses
Wide Receiver: One commit
Darren Carrington: 6-foot-3, 185-pounds; San Diego (Calif.) Horizon -- No. 52 WR
James Quick: 6-foot-0, 180-pounds; Louisville (KY) Trinity -- No. 57 in ESPN 150, No. 9 WR
Favorite: Louisville (TBD)
Next in line: Ohio State (Nov. 23)
Dark horse: Oregon (TBD)
John Ross: 5-foot-10, 170-pounds; Long Beach (Calif) Jordan -- No. 52 WR
Favorite: Washington (TBD)
Next in line: Oregon (Oct. 5), UCLA (TBD)
Dark horse: Wisconsin (TBD)
Athletes (DB/WR): Three commits
Tyree Robinson: 6-foot-3, 190-pounds; San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln -- No. 273 in ESPN 300, No. 43 WR
Tyrell Robinson: 6-foot-3, 210-pounds; San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln -- No. 47 ATH
Chris Seisay: 6-foot-2, 185-pounds; American Canyon (Calif.) -- No. 85 ATH
Juwaan Williams: 6-foot-1, 180-pounds; Tucker (GA) -- No. 103 ATH
Favorite: Florida State (Nov. 23)
Next in line: Clemson (Oct. 19, Notre Dame (Sept. 21), Vanderbilt (TBD)
Dark horse: Oregon (Oct. 5)
With an offense as fast and lethal as Oregon's, it might seem odd that the three-time defending conference champions are in need of more weapons.The one thing the Ducks have been missing in the Chip Kelly era is a truly elite wide receiver.