Oregon Ducks fall camp breakdown: Wide receivers

The Oregonian/OregonLive will be previewing each of 10 position groups leading up to the start of Oregon’s fall camp on Aug. 2. The fourth installment in the series reviews the wide receivers.
The long overdue overhaul of Oregon’s receiver room took place this offseason, with five newcomers replacing five departures from last season.
Troy Franklin and Kris Hutson return to a room that added Traeshon Holden, Tez Johnson and Gary Bryant Jr., making the Ducks far more explosive at the position than the past several years.
But the group has a lot of players who have to deliver on promise they’ve shown in limited spurts.
Returning starters: Troy Franklin, junior; Kris Hutson, fourth-year junior
Other returning players: Josh Delgado, fifth-year redshirt-junior; Traeshon Holden, fourth-year junior; Tez Johnson, fourth-year junior; Kyler Kasper, redshirt-freshman; Justius Lowe redshirt-freshman; Ashton Cozart, freshman
Departed: Chase Cota; Caleb Chapman (transferred to Incarnate Word); Isaah Crocker (transferred to Nevada); Seven McGee (transferred to Jackson State); Dont’e Thornton (transferred to Tennessee); Isaiah Brevard (entered transfer portal)
Summer arrivals: Gary Bryant Jr. (transferred from USC), Jurrion Dickey
Outlook: The Ducks haven’t had a receiver drafted higher than the third round since 1998, which is stunning considering the quarterbacks who have been in Eugene over the last 25 years.
Franklin could change that if he’s able to backup his sophomore season (61 catches for 891 yards and nine touchdowns) with an even bigger junior year.
The questions begin after Franklin, who is a lock to start and likely lead UO in receiving again.
Will Hutson remain a starter or will Holden or Bryant pass over him? Will Johnson take over in the slot? How quickly can freshmen Ashton Cozart and Jurrion Dickey prove capable?
These are all good problems to have in that Oregon might have options and a competitive two-deep for the first time in a long time.
Battle to WATCH: Several spots on the two-deep should be competitive, specifically at Z and slot.
Keep an Eye on: Tez Johnson. He’s going to be hard to keep off the field given his speed.
Projected two deep:
X
Troy Franklin: 6-foot-3, 178 pounds
Ashton Cozart: 6-foot-4, 193 pounds
Z
Kris Hutson: 5-foot-11, 172 pounds OR
Traeshon Holden: 6-foot-3, 214 pounds
Slot/F
Tez Johnson: 5-foot-8, 183 pounds
Gary Bryant Jr.: 5-foot-11, 180 pounds

Latest Player Notes

How Wisconsin athletes are benefiting from a unique NIL deal with Madison's Exact Sciences

Feb 17, 2024MJ Hammill entered what can be a scary time of an athlete’s life in mid-December.She went into the volleyball ...

Mike Griffith: Texas is Georgia's primary focus this offseason

February 16, 2024The Georgia Bulldogs face three SEC contenders on the road next season in Alabama, Texas and Ole Miss. According ...

Navigating a season that could see Texas play Georgia more than once

February 17, 2024The Texas Longhorns and Georgia Bulldogs will play in Austin on Oct. 19. It may not be the only time they ...

After some key departures from the team, Dykes got busy in the portal this offseason.

5:11 PM on Feb 16, 2024Biggest unanswered question: Who will emerge as the clear WR1?Before last season, Williams was the ...

How Louisville football coach Jeff Brohm balances transfer portal, high school recruiting

Louisville Courier JournalCollege football used to buzz on the first Wednesday in February, but Louisville football's office ...

Bob Asmussen | Illinois defense counting on linebackers to plug the gaps

College Football Reporter/ColumnistCHAMPAIGN — A new linebacker coach is in place at Illinois, and Archie McDaniel said he ...

Where Alabama’s quarterback group stands before spring practice

Alabama football’s offense is going to look different this season. Kalen DeBoer has replaced the retired Nick Saban as head ...

Why did AJ McCarron return to the St. Louis Battlehawks?

When AJ McCarron joined the resurrected XFL last year, the former Alabama All-American hadn’t played since suffering a knee ...

Colorado football self-reported 11 minor NCAA violations from Deion Sanders’ first year with Buffs

1/26/2024The Colorado football program has self-reported 11 minor NCAA violations since the hiring of head coach Deion Sanders ...

What Steve Young said about today’s NFL quarterbacks

By Jackson Payne Steve Young may have enjoyed a Hall of Fame career in the NFL, but that doesn’t stop him from feeling just ...
See More Player Notes