Oregon adds yet another playmaker
While the Oregon Ducks coaching staff awaits news on whether transfer QB Vernon Adams Jr. will be able to join the team this season, it was announced that WR/CB/RB/KR Charles Nelson will be focusing 100 percent of his efforts on offense this season. The result of transferring the talented playmaker to that side of the ball could have far-reaching implications for a team trying to overcome the loss of Heisman QB Marcus Mariota.
What can we expect from the sophomore in 2015? He had a smaller workload in 2014, but he had a significant impact on a per-snap basis. Had he played enough snaps to qualify, his yards per route run (2.46) and wide receiver rating (138.1) would have placed him within the nation’s top-30 and top-five returning players, respectively.
With an expected increase in touches and the unknown status of suspended star WR Darren Carrington, Nelson will combine with dynamic slot receiver Byron Marshall and mammoth split end Dwayne Stanford to give Oregon an imposing collection of weapons. The offense recently lost backup running back Thomas Tyner to shoulder surgery, but there should be a talented-enough supporting cast around Adams or Jeff Lockie for the Ducks to again be a top contender in the Pac-12.