WATCH: Oregon dials up a big man touchdown for first score vs. Colorado
Josh Conerly Jr. got the best birthday present on Saturday.
On the Ducks’ first possession of the game against Colorado, the freshman offensive lineman was on the receiving end of a Bo Nix touchdown pass. You read that correctly. Oregon offensive coordiantor Kenny Dillingham had the perfect play design for a first-and-goal from the Colorado 5 — an unbalanced line out of the jumbo package, a run fake, and then a throw back to Conerly standing all alone in the endzone.
🚨 BIG MAN TD 🚨
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) November 5, 2022
The 6-foot-4 lineman was a consensus 5-star recruit and top-35 prospect nationally out of the 2022 recruiting class. He was the consensus top recruit in Washington and the 15th-ranked recruit in the industry-generated 247 Composite. Oregon beat out USC for his services, closing hard on a recruitment that stretched into April.
Conerly had played about 100 offensive snaps heading into Saturday’s game, mostly as a reserve offensive lineman and a utility player in Oregon’s jumbo package. The Ducks have high hopes for what he can develop into during his time in Eugene.
That might even include some more receiver!