It was first reported this morning by Bruce Feldman at CBS that the Oregon will hire Duke Wide Receivers Coach Matt Lubick. He will likely replace Scott Frost in the position who will move to the Offensive Coordinator position. This is the first hire of new Duck Head Coach Mark Helfrich. Lubick comes to Oregon from the Bluedevils (where he’s been since 2010) They were the only FBS team that had three wide receivers with catches 60 yards or more last season. Helfrich said he would like to have the Ducks throw the ball more. It looks like this is a move in the right direction.
Lubick has spent some time out West as a coach, and in the state of Oregon, but with the Oregon State, as Defensive Backs coach in 1999-2000 when the Beavers went to the Fiesta Bowl. Prior to his time at Duke, he was assistant head coach, and recruiting coordinator for Arizona State. He also worked with Safeties.
I see this as a great hire, Lubick is a guy who knows the game – he has worked offense and defense in his career, which is a huge upside. Oregon’s Wide Receiving core will obviously benefit from his teaching, and as a recruiter it can’t hurt. As National Signing Day is just about here the incoming class will have some shoes to fill. The emergence of another Wide Receiver or two to work along with Senior Josh Huff on the field would give the running game a chance to get established early in the upcoming season. With Helfrich wanting to throw the ball more, plays of 60+ yards from a Wideout sounds pretty darn good.
Justin Phillips can be heard with Sports Reports mornings on Newsradio 1120 KPNW.