EUGENE, Ore. — Excluding De’Anthony Thomas, who’s not a traditional wide receiver, the only returning wide receiver for the Ducks with legitimate experience is Josh Huff.
Huff’s career has been a bit of a disappointment thus far because of injury and off the field issues, but heading into this fall camp, Huff seems like a different person.
“I was like ‘Wow, I’m at the lowest low right now’,” Huff said about last season.
That’s how he felt as he battled injury. The big playmaker was trying to live up to the expectations.
“Last season was a disappointment for myself with the dropped balls and not being completely focused at the task at hand,” Huff said. “Now I’ve rededicated myself.”
While Huff openly admits that he’s rededicated himself, Chip Kelly says he never saw anything wrong with him in the first place.
“I look at the kid who made an unbelievable play in the Stanford game for us and was always there and was clutch,” Kelly said. “We all knew he wasn’t 100 percent from a physical standpoint, but I never thought he was the lowest of the low.”
Yet, it was visible Huff’s demeanor at media day was different. He’s also made it clear that he’s making a conscious effort to change.
During the offseason, Huff was cited for DUI. He said he learned that you just can’t control some things. Huff said he just needs to keep pushing.
Perhaps that push is part of his rededication. He said he’s had conversations with Kelly since his DUI but isn’t aware of any disciplinary actions and that he’s preparing to play in the opener against Arkansas State.
If he plays, Huff could be primed for a big start to an even bigger season.
“Many people might call me cocky because I’m so confident,” Huff said. “Call it what you want, I’m back.”