Friday, August 19, 2011

Oregon coaches excel at player evaluation, position switches

Rob Moseley wrote today that defensive back Dior Mathis is being tried at wide receiver. The redshirt freshman, 5-9 174-lb., was a two-way player at Cass Tech High School in Detroit. He runs an electronic 4.74 40, and at a 2010 Oregon indoor track meet he won a match race in the 60-yard dash that included LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner, Lache Seastrunk and Eddie Pleasant. Not surprising, as he clocked a 10.4 100 meters as a prep.

So we know he's fast. But can he catch the football? And will he find reps and emerge in a crowded receiver rotation that includes four similarly fast newcomers like Tacoi Sumler, Rahsaan Vaughn, Devon Blackmon and B.J. Kelley?

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