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Return of the Quack: Jaylon Redd

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NCAA Football: Oregon at Washington Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Jaylon Redd

Wide Receiver - 5’8”, 183 lb. - Carson, CA - Senior

One of three returning seniors at the wide receiver position in 2020. Jaylon Redd returns as Oregon’s slot receiver after missing the 106th Rose Bowl unexpectedly for “personal reasons” leaving people to question whether he’d be back for his senior season. With questions of his return behind him, the shifty wideout will be an extremely relied upon target for Oregon’s sophomore quarterback, Tyler Shough. Redd is one of two wideouts for the Ducks with 50, or more receptions in 2019. He’ll likely be highly targeted out of the slot, while Oregon’s first-year starting quarterback builds chemistry with his wide receiving core.

2019

Redd played in 12 of Oregon’s 13 games in 2019; it would have been all 13, if not for his unfortunate and untimely separation from the team. His 50 receptions in 2019 were only short of fellow returning senior wideout Johnny Johnson III. The diminutive wideout had a nose for end zone tying the team-lead with seven touchdowns. It was a productive season for Redd totaling 465 yards, averaging 4.2 receptions per game for a 38.8 yard average. Oregon’s receiver was dynamic with the ball in his hands scoring two rushing touchdowns on 6 carries. Highlighting Redd’s 2019 were six-straight games of touchdown receptions capped off by scoring two TD’s on the road against Washington Week 7.

2018

The 5’8” receiver came up big in Oregon’s season opener in 2018. Facing Bowling Green State University Week 1, Redd made the only two receptions he had that night count. Redd scored on his lone two receptions going for 81 yards in the game. He exuded tremendous big-play ability with a long of 46 yards, averaging 40.5 YPR. The two touchdown Redd scored in 2018’s opener at home tied a program season-opener record for receiving touchdowns. Redd also set a career-high for receiving yards in a single game against Bowling Green. Of the 13 games played in 2018, Redd was good for 38 receptions putting him second on the team in total reception. He averaged 11.4 YPR for 433 yards and five touchdowns with the 48 yard catch Week 1 remaining as his season long.

2017

As a freshman, Redd saw the field a fair amount appearing in 10 games, but Oregon’s offense dictated that he’d be used in a multitude of ways. The shifty four-star recruit out of high school was lined up all over the field as a freshman. In 2017, Redd actually ran for more yards that he caught for. Finishing with nine carries for 63 yards and a touchdown; Redd had nearly doubled the amount of times he touched the ball as a receiver, while accumulating four more yards. The new kid on campus hauled in five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. He was able to average an impressive 7.0 YPC and 11.8 YRP showing his versatility as a young and up-and-coming star for the Ducks.

Recruitment

It’s not surprising that when Oregon got their hands on Redd over Power 5 programs such as Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC and Utah, that they’d be using him like you’d use a Swiss Army Knife. As a four-star recruit out of Rancho Cucamonga High School, Redd actually saw more action as a tailback on offense than as a receiver. According to Maxpreps.com, Redd carried the ball 197 times for 1,693 yards and 25 touchdowns. Of the 13 games he played as a senior, Redd rushed for 100 or more yards in 10 of them. As a running back he averaged 130.2 YPG. Through his tenure in high school the Carson, California native rushed for 2,751 yards and 36 touchdowns. Ranked as the No. 214 prospect in ESPN’s top 300 ranking and the No. 14 athlete and No. 24 prospect in California. Redd was clearly highly-talented coming out of high school and found himself as a great fit for Oregon’s pistol offense.