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Spring Preview: Wide Receivers

March 7, 2019
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New Oregon receiver coach Jouvon Bouknight will have his hands full this season. Oregon’s poorest performing group (arguably) this past season has a ton of work ahead of them.

Drops were noticeable but it went beyond a missed catch. Missed routes, lack of explosion and missed assignments plagued this group all season long. 

But help is on the way and that should give fans hope that this group improves overall. 

Here's how I see this position breaking down headed into Spring football.

The Starters: Juwan Johnson, Bryan Addison, Jaylon Redd

Obviously there will be at least one new starter with Dillon Mitchell off to chase the NFL. However I have two new starters and one of which isn’t even on campus yet. 

It’s not going to be easy to push Brenden Schooler or Johnny Johnson out of the starting lineup. And I do think both will end up playing a ton of minutes regardless. It’s also a super-competitive group that will be infused with some strong freshman talent.

Overall I think this group will continue to be pushed all through Fall as the staff finds the best starting trio to start the season. If I’m betting today however, this will be the group.

Will Play Plenty: Brenden Schooler, Johnny Johnson, Mycah Pittman, Jaron Waters

I think these four will see significant time this season. And I’m on the bubble with Lance Wilhoite being in that group too. I think he’ll redshirt but play. More on him later.

Pittman gets here early and will have some time to learn this Spring. He’s got a college-made body right now and should be able to compete right away. I think Waters has the makings of a future star at Oregon. Perhaps not this season but in the next year or two at least.

Schooler and Johnson will play and will be in the starting lineup if any of the starters get injured, which is always a scare. 

Might Play, Might not: Lance Wilhoite, Josh Delgado, Daewood Davis, Demetri Burch

Overall I think this group has been upgraded top to bottom. There’s only one ball to go around however so it won’t be a bad thing to space out some of these freshmen coming in.

I do think Wilhoite and Delgado will get a chance to play and with the four game redshirt rule will still be able to redshirt.

Crocker and Tucker could potentially find themselves on defense this Spring.

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