Oregon coach Chip Kelly lost his starting quarterback during the spring but hasn't lost since. The Ducks will face Auburn for the BCS title, and that's reason enough for Kelly to be named our Pac-10 coach of the year and lead the Rivals.com All-Pac-10 team. [details]
Notes: High school receiver-cornerback plucked out of Michigan after a pair of state championships. Played in just three games as a junior after tearing the ACL and LCL in his right knee. As a true freshman in 2007, played in all 13 games (one start at flanker) and recorded seven receptions for 110 yards (15.7-yard average) and a touchdown, with 25 kickoff returns for 620 yards (24.8-yard average). Played in all 13 games in '08 (two starts at flanker) and caught 33-570-8 (17.3) with 14-380 (27.1) on kickoff returns. Broke his left collarbone during '09 fall camp and missed the first five games. On the season, started 5-of-8 games at split end and pulled in 34-378-3 (11.1), with 13-264 (20.3) on kickoff returns. During '10 spring practice, was bothered by a sprained left elbow and had his right wrist operated on. Started 12-of-13 games at flanker in the fall, producing 64-692-8 (10.8) receiving with 22 punt returns for 312 yards (14.2), including an 89-yard score against Hawaii, and 4-87 (21.8) on kickoff returns. Had 16 career rushes for 88 yards (5.5) and zero TDs. Did not perform shuttles at the Combine after pulling his left hamstring in positional drills.
Positives: Quick-footed and quick-handed with good play speed and field awareness. Has a feel for navigating zone coverage and knows how to uncover on short-to-intermediate routes. Can lay out for the diving catch. Catches, turns upfield and looks to create. Shifty to sidestep tacklers. Competitive to go into traffic areas. Good tempo and energy. Willing blocker flashes physicality. Worked inside and outside and has return experience. Loves the game - consistent effort and energy. Has shown improvement over four years.
Negatives: Size and length are just adequate - lacks bulk and functional strength, and durability could be a concern. Inconsistent hands - has some head-scratching concentration drops. Lacks elite top-end speed to pull away. Struggles vs. press coverage. Cuts on his heels, can't power out of his breaks and gives up break points. Marginal blocker. Could struggle to handle a complex playbook - learned only one position at USC.
Summary: Lean-framed, savvy, quick-footed, fluid-moving zone beater who is best in the slot. Questionable aptitude could limit his appeal, but he offers value as a punt returner and has a competitive playing temperament that could help him overcome deficiencies.