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Oregon Football

Spring Review: Wide Receivers

April 29, 2019
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No group has been more heavily scrutinized than the wide receiver group at Oregon. A lot of this group has had to learn on the fly in big games, which isn’t always easy.

Mario Cristobal made a move at his position coach for receivers bringing in Jouvon Bouknight to replace Mike Johnson. So far the group seems to have stabilized and added some much-needed discipline that was severely lacking. 

Fast forward to now and I don’t think there is a group that has taken a bigger step forward than this one right here. Now repeat what I said to yourself, taken a step forward. Which does not mean they are there yet. 

Progress is the first step and they have done that.

From an individual standpoint, Brenden Schooler is probably one of the top 3 or 4 individuals that improved from December to now. He may never be the game-breaker Oregon needs but he’s consistent and does all of the dirty work. (Blocking, etc.) The fact that he’s gotten better is big for Oregon.

We have to immediately identify the biggest catalyst for this improvement, transfer Juwan Johnson. The fact he was able to get in early and start Spring ball (midway) with Oregon is huge for his timing and chemistry with Herbert. A freakish 6-foot-6, 225-pound pass-catching weapon is EXACTLy what the doctor ordered. 

Not only his pure ability but his veteran leadership and experience.

The additions of Mycah Pittman and Josh Delgado in the Spring have elevated this room entirely. Pittman showed up loooking to take a job day one and I think Delgado has proven to be one of the more natural receivers on the team. He knows his routes, how to get open and uses his hands well.

We’ve talked about the newcomers but the fact is they will push the vets. Guys like Jaylon Redd and Johhny Johnson will have to elevate their games to stay on the field as well.

This doesn’t count what’s still to come in Jaron Waters and Lance Wilhoite. Once those two arrive that will really change this room. Also Bryan Addison was limited in most of the Spring but by most reports has really come along very well starting towards the end of last season. 

Again, as noted originally, it would appear there is more depth and better talent on this roster. Last year Oregon was highlighted by Dillon Mitchell and his 1-man assault on the Pac-12. But in order for this offense to take the next step, they will need to be more diverse and not relying on one receiver. 

It would appear this group is getting closer towards that goal. Highlighted by the improvement in drops in the Spring game. 

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