Last week the transfer portal opened following the end of the regular season. One area that Oregon football can use some help is at wide receiver following the departure of Seven McGee and Dont’e Thornton.
It did not take long for Dan Lanning to start his search as Alabama wideout Traeshon Holden quickly found himself visiting Eugene. Holden had a solid season for the Crimson Tide with over 300 receiving yards to go with six touchdowns in his junior season. He averaged better than 13 yards per catch which show his athleticism and versatility in getting some distance between himself and defenders.
The way that Lanning had the Duck offense running under Kenny Dillingham, he is the type of player that Oregon needs in their offensive scheme for the 2023 season. With the players that have been lost to both graduation and to the transfer portal, he could easily fit right in with the Ducks in Eugene.
With the departure of veteran leadership in players like Chase Cota, who was injured and played limited minutes as the season came to a close. Cota is out of eligibility following an important season in Eugene that saw him come home in a way as a legacy player after his father played for the Ducks.
Holden could provide some key experience in the wide receiver’s room heading into the upcoming season.
So far, the transfer portal has not been kind to the Ducks. Seven McGee along with Dont’e Thorton have left the wideout position with a hole to fill. Running Back Sean Dollars recently entered the transfer portal following an injury-plagued career with the Ducks that saw Bucky Irving and Noah Whittington get most of the first-team reps this season.
One key player that has not yet made his future known is Quarterback Bo Nix. I expect that Nix is using this time to get healthy following some injuries toward the end of the regular season. Lanning expects his starting quarterback will play in the bowl game later this month against North Carolina.
Oregon will face North Carolina in the Holiday Bowl on Wednesday, December 28th at 5 pm Pacific Time from San Diego. The game will be broadcast on FOX.
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