2. Receiving corps showed flashes of elite potential
I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: Oregon’s receiving corps will be elite in 2022.
In the Alamo Bowl, the offense may have looked stagnant through the first 30 minutes, but once the third quarter started, the young receivers stepped up and took center stage. They really captured everyone’s attention starting off with a 66-yard touchdown catch by Dont’e Thornton to finally get the Ducks in the scoring column for the first time since the first quarter.
Troy Franklin also caught a touchdown pass and Kris Hutson had some highlight catches (and near-catches) and finished with a touchdown reception of his own.
On the game, the trio of young wideouts finished with 14 catches for 210 yards and three touchdowns. They dominated the Oklahoma secondary and it’s exciting when you realize they’re all underclassmen with at least three years of eligibility left each.
Oregon’s receiving corps really stepped up with guys like Johnny Johnson III, Jaylon Redd, Devon Williams, and Mycah Pittman gone.