Dan Lanning talks 'measured growth' with Oregon's wide receiver group
Oregon’s wide receiver group is a bit of an unknown heading into the new season.
Not in terms of talent, certainly. We know there’s talent in that room—blue-chippers galore and a couple of guys who have produced at other places. But in terms of how things fit together, who lines up where, and how the rotation gets built out, there are some things to sort out in fall camp.
Of the Ducks’ seven leading pass-catchers last season, only two return. Devon Williams, the team’s leader in yardage, needs replacing. The leader in receptions was a running back who elected to transfer elsewhere this offseason. There’s plenty of opportunity for this group of 2022 wideouts to make their mark.
And so far, head coach Dan Lanning likes what he has seen.
“I think that group has shown and displayed another level of toughness that I haven’t seen from them before,” Lanning said after practice on Tuesday. “I think they knew that was a place we needed measured growth and they’ve shown that.
“I think they also realize that, hey, you can have a good play and you can have a bad play, the play that matters the most is the next play. You’re seeing that more and more from their mentality. We don’t want the last play to affect the next one.”
Kris Hutson, Dont’e Thornton, Seven McGee, and Troy Franklin all figure to have roles this fall. UCLA transfer Chase Cota and Texas A&M transfer Caleb Chapman are both expected to factor into the two-deep as well.
Whereas last year’s offense was more deliberate and buttoned up, this year’s Duck squad is looking to push the ball vertically. First-year offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham and his quarterbacks have high hopes for the passing game. This could be a big year for the Ducks’ wideouts.