In high school at Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, Arizona Devon Allen won the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles. Arizona is not known as a speedy state, but that’s still a pretty amazing feat. At Oregon, he has already won conference and national hurdling championships. In the most recent Pac 12 Championships, Devon Allen won the 110 meter hurdles very easily and the 200 meters. He also placed in the 100 meters, and the 4 x 100 meters and the 4 x 400 meters. His performance in the 4 x 400 meters when his team was way behind and he put them back in contention was possibly the most impressive.
Obviously, Devon Allen can fly and he is a fun guy to watch run the hurdles.
He was injured against Florida State and then was out in the national championship game.
Allen was back for 2015, but he was not the same and only caught 9 passes.
The Oregon Ducks lost top receiver Bralon Addison when he declared for the NFL.
But, they return Darren Carrington who is a big play guy that averaged over 19 yards per reception last season. On 32 catches, he gained 609 yards and scored 6 Touchdowns.
Carrington comes from good football stock. His father, also named Darren, was a Safety in the NFL for 8 seasons with the Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York before attending Northern Arizona.
The older Carrington picked off 22 passes while playing in the NFL.
The younger Carrington caught 37 passes as a freshman for 704 yards and 4 Touchdowns. He figures to be more of a go to guy this season with the loss of Addison.
The 6-2, 195 Carrington is a talent and he could have a huge year in 2016 and declare for the NFL.
Dwayne Stanford returns for his senior season after catching 30 passes for 463 yards and 5
Touchdowns. Stanford is the big receiver out of the group at 6-5, 205 and he is also a flyer. Like Carrington, Stanford also had a bigger season in 2014 when first round pick Marcus Mariota was still throwing passes for the Ducks. Stanford caught 43 passes as a sophomore with Mariota slinging footballs around and winning the Heisman Trophy.
Charles Nelson moved over from defense and he caught 17 passes a year ago. He played both ways last year, but he should concentrate on offense this season. On defense, in 2015, Nelson made 47 total tackles and picked off 2 passes. He also returned Kicks and even took one back for a Touchdown. He ran the ball 6 times for 115 yards and another Touchdown.
Focusing on offense only this season will pay dividends for the Oregon Quarterbacks. Nelson is a smaller guy at 5-8, 170 but the Daytona Beach, Florida native is super quick and elusive.
Jalen Brown was a highly recruited 4 star Wide Reciver prospect out of Phoenix that redshirted as a true freshman. He caught 7 passes for 89 yards and a score as a first year guy in 2015.
Kirk Merritt hauled in 5 passes last year for 61 yards.
These guys are all good, to great, but the new star for the Oregon Ducks could very well be true from Dillon Mitchell from Memphis, Tennessee. Some might say that Mitchell can’t be all that because he was only a 3 star recruit. But, this guy just makes plays.
If you saw the Oregon Spring Game, then you may have noticed all of the big catches that Dillon Mitchell came up with time after time. It appeared a couple of times that a Defensive Back was about to pick off one of the Quarterbacks’ throw when Mitchell just came out of nowhere to make a spectacular catch.
Keep an eye on Oregon’s number 1 next year.
If Devon Allen, Darron Carrington, Dwayne Stanford, Charles Nelson and Dillon Mitchell all stay off of the injury lists next season, whoever wins the Quarterback job will have a lot of fun in 2016.