In a statement released by the University of Oregon football program, wide receiver Devon Blackmon has informed head coach Chip Kelly of his intentions of transfer from the school and team. Kelly said that Blackmon finish the remainder of his fall academic term before transferring, but has been excused from his remaining football obligations.
“He has been a solid contributor to this football program for the last two seasons and I wish him continued success whatever he decides to pursue,” Kelly said.
The redshirt freshman from Fontana, Calif. struggled to see play time in Oregon’s loaded offense. Blackmon, a 4-star recruit, redshirted his freshman season and has only seen game time in two of Oregon’s 11 games in 2012, with both of those coming in the first three games without recording a stat.
The 6-1, 186-pound Summit High School standout caught 31 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns as well as rushing 35 times for 370 yards and six additional TDs as a senior in high school. Many considered Blackmon a future star in Oregon’s receiving corp. Rivals.com had Blackmon rated the No. 5 receiver in the country and 35th best overall player. He had scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida, USC and many others, but chose the Ducks ultimately.
This story should not come as a shock. Just prior to kickoff for the season, heralded receiver Tacoi Sumler declared his intention to transfer. He eventually landed with Appalachian State.
While Blackmon did not have significant action with the Ducks, his presence will be missed. Oregon’s cluttered receiving corp include Bralon Addison (freshman), Eric Dungy (sophomore), Daryle Hawkins (junior), Josh Huff (junior), B.J. Kelley (freshman) and Keanon Lowe (sophomore). With such youth on the depth chart, there wasn’t much room for moving up the depth chart.
Oregon transfers have often had success post-transfer. Former Ducks running back Lache Seastrunk rushed for 185 yards on 19 carries (9.5 YPC) along with a touchdown and an 80-yard run for Baylor last weekend in an upset win over then No. 1 Kansas State. Another is wide receiver Chris Harper who has had success with Kansas State, catching 47 passes for 727 yards and three touchdowns. Harper had his best performance of the season against Baylor (11 receptions, 123 yards and a TD).
He will have three seasons of collegiate eligibility remaining wherever he transfers to. He will likely transfer to a JUCO before making the move back to a division one school. Blackmon would have to miss a season if he transferred to another FBS program, and two if that program was a Pac-12 school.