Oregon Ducks wide receiver Keanon Lowe, a redshirt junior from Jesuit High School (Portland, Oregon), enters his fourth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Lowe was an absolute beast, lighting up OSAA 6A defenses. The multifaceted star played running back, wide receiver and defensive back for the Crusaders along with his work on the track team. He was a six-time champion in the 100m as a junior, including a top 10.77 time at the Metro League Championships.
As a junior he rushed 25 times for 193 yards (7.7 YPC) and three touchdowns along with 42 catches for 718 yards (17.1 YPC) and eight touchdowns. He also played defense forcing three picks and one fumble recovery. As a senior he rushed 150 times for 1,213 yards and 20 touchdowns and caught 42 passes for 603 yards and seven touchdowns, earning 6A first-team all-state. But it was defensively where he really shined, forcing four interceptions and earning Oregon 6A Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2010, Lowe was a member of the scout team while spending his first season in Eugene redshirting.
In 2011, Lowe appeared in nine games for the Ducks with the bulk of his working coming on special teams. He finished the season with eight tackles (six unassisted, two assisted) and a forced fumble.
In 2012, Lowe had a much bigger role in the offense. Lowe appeared in all 13 games, starting in 11 and finishing the season with 22 catches for 244 yards (11.1 YPC) and three touchdowns. He also worked on special teams returning 11 kickoffs for 250 yards (22.7 YPR) and recording 10 tackles (four unassisted, six assisted) with two fumble recoveries.
Lowe participated in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game, but did not record any statistics. He was pulled early to allow the youngsters get their reps.
Going into the 2013 season, Lowe will be returning to his starting spot and could be in a prime position for a breakout year. The Ducks are loaded at receiver with seniors Josh Huff and Daryle Hawkins, juniors De’Anthony Thomas and Colt Lyerla who are running backs and tight ends respectively and sophomore Bralon Addison who may be the Ducks’ secret weapon in 2013.
With so much talent for quarterback Marcus Mariota to throw to, it may be likely that Lowe’s biggest year comes in 2014 when he will be the Ducks’ No. 1 or No. 2 receiver.