When the NCAA announced last year that student-athletes could return in 2021 for an additional season, the opportunity was there. Now an Oregon Football Wide Receiver Jaylon Redd is taking advantage of the rule.
According to the Oregonian, Redd has decided to return for a fifth season. Redd has shown he can be a dual-threat on offense in his four seasons with the Ducks so far. He played a larger role in the ground game late last season with CJ Verdell injured and unable to play vs the USC Trojans in the Pac-21 Championship. He helped the run game earlier this season with a 37-yard rush, but Jermar Jefferson ran all over the Ducks for over 200 yards sending the Ducks to a loss.
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With Redd returning, the Oregon Offense may also have a wrinkle or two for him to find a way into the backfield in 2021. His natural position is at Wide Receiver and his best season was in 2019. He had 50 receptions for 465 yards and 7 touchdowns, averaging better than 9 yards per play. In 2020 he caught 25 passes for just under 300 yards and one score. His long run vs Oregon State also ended in a touchdown.
With Redd returning, he will be the key experienced player at Wide Receiver. Mycah Pittman will also return and should improve from a 2020 season that saw him injured and playing through an injury, which clearly hampered his potential productivity. With his experience, a healthy return to the field will provide a key weapon for Oregon in 2021.
For the 2020 season Jaylon Redd was second on the team in receiving yards to Devon Williams. Travis Dye led the team in receiving touchdowns with 4. He was also a contributor to the Ducks return game on special teams. Redd averaged over 40 yards per game on offense, which was good enough for second in the Wide Receiver unit behind Devon Williams.