Gary Bryant Jr. earns Ducks Wire Player of the Game honors

There were upwards of 10 players who could have a case for player of the game in Oregon’s blowout win against Portland State, but today the award goes to Gary Bryant Jr.

In his first game as a Duck, Bryant had 7 receptions for 100 yards and 2 TDs. He was also only targeted 7 times meaning he hauled the ball in each time it was thrown his way.

The Ducks’ season opener was Bryant’s first time playing in Autzen as member of the home team, after his offseason transfer from USC.

Bryant left USC because of an overcrowded WR room that didn’t leave space for him. There was some concern that with the depth of the WR group this year for Oregon, Bryant could run into the same problem.

Even though today’s game was just against an FCS team, Bryant seemingly quelled all those concerns with his play today. He showcased elite speed, route-running, and situational awareness, all of which are things the Ducks will need later on this season.

In my eyes, he could be the team’s WR2, especially with Kris Hutson’s absence this afternoon. If that’s the case, we should be in good hands with Gary Bryant.

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire