Oregon Ducks wide receiver Josh Huff, a senior from Nimitz High School (Houston, Texas), enters his fourth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Huff was a standout quarterback, wide receiver, running back and cornerback. As a senior he reached close to 2,000 yards of total offense rushing for 1,147 yards and passing for 856 yards.
In 2010, Huff appeared in all 13 games for the Ducks, the only true freshman on offense to do so. He finished the season with 12 carries for 214 yards (17.8 YPC) and two touchdowns on the ground, 19 catches for 303 yards (15.9 YPC) and three additional touchdowns plus 23 kickoff returns for 567 yards (24.7 YPR). His highlight of the year, and possibly his career thus far, came on an 85-yard run against Arizona.
In 2011, Huff transitioned over from a running back/wide receiver option to strictly a threat in the passing game. He finished the season with 31 catches for 430 yards (13.9 YPC) with two touchdowns and eight kick returns for 174 yards (21.8 YPR) while missing two games and battling injuries most of the season.
In 2012, as the star of the Oregon receiving corp Huff appeared in 11 games including starts in each. He finished the season with 32 receptions for 493 yards (15.4 YPC) and seven touchdowns. Injuries again plagued what would have been a huge season.
Following the 2012 season, Huff absolutely exploded in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game catching four passes for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
Going into the 2013 season, if Huff is able to stay healthy he could very well surpass 1,000 yards receiving. Huff hasn’t played a full season since 2010 when he was as a freshman, and durability will definitely be taken into consideration when teams are evaluating Huff for the NFL Draft.
Here’s one NFL scouting evaluation of Huff:
“While expected to impress in timed drills, Huff does not show elite speed on tape. His physicality and toughness, however, make him a difficult matchup for cornerbacks. Huff uses his body well to shield defenders from the ball and he is a strong runner after the catch, demonstrating the balance and leg-drive to spin and run through arm tackles. Huff is not a future No. 1 target in the NFL, but his size and strength should make him an effective complementary wideout capable of contributing early in his pro career.” – Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
Huff may be the most talented wide receiver of the Chip Kelly era, and a solid season could have him playing on Sundays.