While the Oregon Ducks welcome back a ton of star-power for the 2014 season, there are some concerns about the receiving corps heading into the fall. Despite a Heisman Trophy candidate under center in Marcus Mariota, Oregon’s passing game could be a little slow out of the gates as they lose their four leading pass-catchers from 2013. Can Keanon Lowe be a veteran presence and lead the Ducks passing attack next season?
Oregon is short on options when it comes to their receiving corps. Josh Huff led the team last year with 62 receptions for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns but graduated this offseason and moved on to the NFL. Along with Huff, the Ducks lose Daryle Hawkins and De’Anthony Thomas to graduation or the NFL and Bralon Addison, who looked poised for a monster season as the new No. 1 receiver, was lost during spring practice with a knee injury.
That leaves Lowe and his 18 receptions for 233 yards and three touchdowns in 2013 as the team’s leading returning wide receiver for 2014. That isn’t to say there isn’t talent behind Lowe, like Devon Allen, Chance Allen, and Darren Carrington, but that talent is young and untested. Lowe has proven to be a reliable pass-catcher in his collegiate career and will provide a steady presence for Mariota when things get tight this season.
While Lowe likely won’t end up leading the team in receiving yards, he will have a much bigger impact on the team this season. By providing a reliable target that can move the chains, Lowe will be a leader for an untested receiving corps and provide a steady presence to keep the Oregon offense on track in 2014.