By STEVEN VAUGHAN, 750 THE GAME
Bo Nix was a surprise to some a season ago and a lot of the credit goes to the offensive line, one of the country’s best pass-protection units in 2022.
This season the Ducks lose some of their offensive line, but Nix is back and is helped by a solid group of returning pass-catchers, bolstered further by incoming transfers Tez Johnson from Troy and Traeshon Holden from Alabama.
Tyson Alger of the I-5 Corridor joined John Canzano on 750 The Game and said the receiving room is one he will have his eye on this fall.
“That was already a position where they had established, really good guys in Troy Franklin and Kris Hutson, and that was probably their biggest additions through the transfer portal during the offseason,” Alger said.
The offensive line was the best in the Pac-12 last season, and Alger thinks if the line can protect Bo Nix like a season ago, the sky is the limit for the Ducks offense.
“If they’re able to put together a season where Bo Nix gets the protection he got last year — Oregon’s offensive line last season was unbelievable especially when it comes to quarterback protection — but if Nix is going to get time, he’s going to throw for a lot of yards,” Alger said, singling out a particular pass-catcher who could dazzle.
“I think Troy Franklin can legitimately be in the Biletnikoff award discussion. I think he’s unlike any receiver Oregon has had in quite some time.”
According to Caesar’s Sportsbook, the Ducks are the second favorites to win the Pac-12 conference this season right behind USC. If the receivers break out and the offensive line replicates their 2022 performance, Oregon’s offense could lead them to a trip to Vegas in the Pac-12 title game.
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