Oregon received a big boost to its offense on Monday.
Tabari Hines, a graduate transfer wide receiver from Wake Forest, announced that he will play his last season of college football for the Ducks. He chose Oregon over USC and Texas.
Hines was a three-year starter at Wake Forest and tied for the team lead with 45 catches in 2017, 31 of which came over the team’s final four games. Most notably, Hines hauled in eight passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns in a Demon Deacons win over NC State.
In all, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Hines caught 115 passes for 1,438 yards and 11 touchdowns during his three seasons at Wake Forest. He could presumably slide into a starting role in the slot vacated by Charles Nelson, who caught 124 passes during his Ducks career. At the very least, Hines should be a reliable veteran option quarterback Justin Herbert.
Dillon Mitchell, who led the team with 42 catches last year, returns for his junior year while Johnny Johnson, Brenden Schooler and a host of others will also be in the mix. Adding Hines makes the position a whole lot deeper.
Oregon, entering its first season with Mario Cristobal as head coach, went 7-5 in 2017. It opens the 2018 campaign Sept. 1 against Bowling Green.
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