It’s been an eventful year for Josh Huff.
From graduating in the spring to attending his final fall camp, the senior wide receiver is putting the finishing touches on what has been an fragmentary career with the Ducks. A mere three years ago, Huff was a highly coveted four-star recruit with a lot going for him as he came out of Nimitz High School — he was ranked as rivals.com’s No. 7 all-purpose running back in the nation and No. 37 overall recruit from the state of Texas.
Huff was not only one of the few select players to experience both the beginning and end of the Chip Kelly era, but he was also one of the first big recruits that the Ducks landed in 2009.
As Huff prepares for what may be a career-defining season, one question remains: Will he finally stay healthy long enough to live up to expectations?
Huff has struggled with knee injuries throughout his three-year career, which prevented him from fully blooming into the star wide receiver that Oregon’s coaches expected him to be. While Huff has logged more than 1,226 total receiving yards in addition to pulling down 12 touchdowns, there always seemed to be room for a better year.
“Any type of adversity you go through, whether it be injuries or anything off the field, it’s going to help you become a better person, a better player,” Huff said. “So with my injuries in the past, it’s helped me to become a better player overall. Whenever injuries do come my way, I know how to handle them and how to help the younger guys get into tune with the things we do on offense.”
Huff is seemingly healthy heading into his final year and has become a vocal team leader who feels that Oregon could have one of the best wide receiving corps in the nation.
“With this being my last year, I have to get these guys in order because we have a goal we’re trying to reach here,” Huff said. “We have a standard we need to live up to and in order to do that, I have to step up more as a vocal leader and leader in general.
“I feel like we’re the best group on the team as far as it goes. As long as we continue to get better everyday, we’re going to continue to stand out on the team as one of the best groups.”
There is a strong possibility that the Ducks will look to the air more often in the coming season due to the talent available at the wide receiver position. This could well be the year that Huff finally makes a breakthrough.
“I’ve dedicated this season to my teammates,” Huff said. “Coming into the season, my number one goal is to become the top true number one receiver, but in order to do that, I got to continue to get better each and every day. I just want to bring a national championship here.”