Oregon football’s young receivers were dominant in the Alamo Bowl and showed that the future is bright for the Ducks at the position.
Such has been the case this entire season for Oregon football, the Ducks got off to a slow start against Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl but unlike most other instances, they were unable to make a comeback. Why? Because you can’t fall behind against an explosive offense like Oklahoma’s and expect to win.
But even if the defeat, Oregon saw some bright spots on both sides of the ball.
On defense, it was the entire unit stepping up despite missing some key players in the second half and really clamping down late to give the team a fighter’s chance.
On offense, Anthony Brown’s second half was a bright spot, but the most consistent and eye-opening sight was the talent-ridden receiving corps. Brown played well, but he had a ton of help from his talented young receivers which included Troy Franklin, Dont’e Thornton, and Kris Hutson.
The receivers were quiet in the first half, but when the second half started, it’s all anyone could talk about as Thornton caught a 66-yard bomb from Brown to score the Ducks’ first touchdown on the game. Franklin got into the mix with a touchdown catch and so did Hutson. The trio would go on to combine for 14 catches for 210 yards and three scores.
It was a delight for an otherwise disgruntled Oregon fanbase.
While Oregon doesn’t know who its QB1 will be next season, the receiving corps will be up there as one of the best units in the country.
A trio of Thornton, Franklin, and Hutson to go along with a tight end group led by Terrance Ferguson and Moliki Matavao and a converted receiver on the verge of stardom like Seven McGee will only make life easier for either Ty Thompson or Bo Nix.
The offense is going to be really fun to watch next year as these talented pass-catchers have another offseason under their belts to get better.