Yesterday, I took a look at the Oregon football team's top five returning receivers for 2012 based on 2011 statistics.
That group included two running backs -- De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner -- and tight end Colt Lyerla.
As for the receivers themselves, Josh Huff and Rahsaan Vaughn appear to be headed for starting roles, although Huff is awaiting trail on his arrest for suspicion of drunken driving, and the outcome of those proceedings could determine how much -- if at all -- he's on the field next season.
The Ducks were already pretty wide open at the receiver position, with competition for playing time expected to be intense well into fall camp. Huff's situation could open up the door even further for someone among Oregon's receiving group to step up and earn big minutes. Here's a look at some of the Ducks' receivers who are vying for playing time this fall:
Justin Hoffman (6-1, 206, sr.)
Hoffman, a former walk-on, started six of the eight games he played last season, finishing eighth on the team with 133 yards on 10 receptions.
Daryle Hawkins (6-4, 198, jr.)
Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich noted that Hawkins was one of two receivers who stood out this spring for his consistency and all-around play. Hawkins, who played in 12 games last season, caught five passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Blake Stanton (5-11, 210, so.)
Stanton was the other receiver Helfrich singled out as having had a good spring, which bodes well for the sophomore, who is seeking playing time this fall after getting into four games last season but not recording a catch.
Eric Dungy (6-1, 181, so.)
Dungy, the son of former NFL coach Tony Dungy, caught two passes for 34 yards in 2011, including a 22-yard touchdown reception against Missouri State.
Devon Blackmon (6-1, 194, Rfr.)
B.J. Kelley (6-2, 179, Rfr.)
Tacoi Sumler (5-9, 173, Rfr.)
Much has been made of the talents of this trio of redshirt freshmen, each of whom will be looking to get on the field for the first time this fall. Helfrich singled out Kelley for his play this spring, noting that he might be slightly ahead of the other two in this group.
Keanon Lowe (5-9, 179, so.)
Lowe picked it up toward the end of spring, according to Helfrich. Lowe played primarily on special teams as a redshirt freshman last season, appearing in eight games for the Ducks.
Will Murphy (6-2, 186, sr.)
Murphy, like Hoffman a former walk-on, appeared in 10 games last season, finishing with three catches for 37 yards.
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