Oregon wide receiver Chad Delaney, a senior from Elmira HS (Elmira, Oregon), enters his fifth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Delaney lettered three years in varsity football, three years in basketball and four in baseball in the OSAA 4A Sky-Em League. Delaney played under head coach Chris Miller at Elmira and in three seasons played both offense and defense for the Falcons as a wide receiver and defensive back. He was also an incredible return man in high school seeing time on kickoffs and punts.
Delaney earned honorable mention all-conference honors his sophomore season as a receiver and was a first-team all-Sky-Em choice in baseball. As a junior he earned second-team all-conference honorable mention on defense and an honorable mention as a kick returner. Delaney was not offered a scholarship by the Ducks, but was given a chance to walk-on to the team in 2009.
In 2009, Delaney was a member of the scout team for the Ducks while redshirting.
In 2010, Delaney recorded the first and only catch of his Oregon career to this point with a 2-yard reception against New Mexico. He played in two games during the year – New Mexico and Portland State – but did the the bulk of his work on special teams. He was the scout team player of the year on special teams.
In 2011, Delaney was again primarily used as a member of special teams, working on punt returns. He did not record any offensive statistics during the season but had two punt returns for six yards – Oregon State for six yards and and Colorado for five yards – for an average of 5.5 yards per return. He appeared in six games.
In 2012, Delaney made the play of his college career in a 28-yard punt return against Colorado. He appeared in four games during the year with two punt returns for 27 total yards (13.5 yards per return.)
Thus far, his career stats are one reception for two yards and four punt returns for 38 yards.
Going into next season, Delaney will have to battle for time against a loaded wide receiving corp that includes Josh Huff, Bralon Addison, Keanon Lowe, B.J. Kelley, Daryle Hawkins and Eric Dungy amongst others. It’s unlikely that Delaney will see time above those aforementioned players, but will likely see some late game action at special teams. Outside of De’Anthony Thomas, it’s unclear who else will be a contributor on punt returns. Delaney should see his numbers go up in his last hurrah.