March 27, 2009

Pre-spring analysis: WR

Going into spring practice there are a lot of unanswered questions at the wide receiver positions. The Ducks are losing the starting left wide receiver Jaison Williams called the X position and the right wide receiver Terrance Scott called the Z position in Oregon's offensive terminology.

To clarify the X and Z our interchangeable due to running the no huddle offense they need to be, but in the Holiday Bowl they pretty much stayed to the left and right sides. Williams leaves Oregon as the second leading receiver in Oregon history with 174 catches in his career, but leaves with a cloud over him for his inability to catch the ball at times. Scott, the most improved receiver from last year's team, hauled in 50 receptions and 5 touchdowns, but it's a shame that we won't be seeing Scott for another year, as Oregon had to lift his redshirt year in the Washington game in 2007 due to Derrick Jones being academically ineligible.

The slot position was manned by returning Junior to be Jeffrey Maehl, who really came into his own the second half of the season and finished with 39 receptions and 5 touchdowns. The WR coach Robin Pflugrad was let go at the end of the season and replaced by Scott Frost the former Stanford and Nebraska quarterback who most recently was at Northern Iowa. Will making a coaching change be the difference in the amount of drops as much as having new faces and the same quarterback to work with on a consistent basis will. Entering spring drills on Monday the following receivers will be competing for 3 spots:

Jeffrey Maehl- the returning starter who improved as the season went on finishing as the second leading receiver with 39 catches. Maehl is a gifted athlete who seems to be more of a strider than he is shifty, and that he would be more fitted for the outside receiver position. For now expect him to be the starter at the slot.

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