(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks wide receiver Josh Huff (1) warming up against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE
Though the Oregon Ducks did come away with a win against the Fresno State Bulldogs to the tune of a 42-25 victory, many Duck fans are asking themselves the question, at what cost?
Oregon appeared to suffer what could be considered as two big injuries on Saturday evening, though neither of them have been officially commented on.
Josh Huff, one of the Oregon's few experienced receivers heading into the 2012 college football season, came out of the Ducks' contest with Fresno State early in the first quarter when he went down with an apparent injury to his left knee.
On the ensuing kickoff a Ducks score, Huff went to the ground nursing his left knee. After a brief stint on the Autzen turf, Huff was able to get himself up and off the field much to the ease of Oregon fans. Huff would continue to receive attention on the bench but did not require a cart to get out of the stadium and receive treatment.
After a matter of time, Huff reappeared on the field with the help of crutches and what appeared to be an ice wrap around his left knee.
Despite crutches and a wrap throughout the rest of the game, Huff was more than confident that he is fine and will be back on the field for the Ducks come Monday practice.
“I just planted wrong and it gave out on me,” said Huff on the kickoff where he sustained the injury to his left knee. “I'm fine. I'll be back Monday.”
Huff would also go on to tweet:
“To the #DuckNation I'm perfectly fine. Thanks for all your prayers.”
A healthy Josh Huff will be a relief to all Duck fans as he is one of the more productive players part of a youthful receiving corps. With the absence of Huff, the Ducks' leading receiver on the night was De'Anthony Thomas who racked in 26 yards on four catches while Kenjon Barner fell five yards behind Thomas with 21 yards on three catches.
In total, seven Ducks caught passes on the night for a total of 166 yards through the air.
Another significant injury that the Ducks sustained during the course of Saturday night was to veteran offensive lineman Carson York. York, who took the summer to rehab from a knee injury that he suffered during the Rose Bowl, came out of the game in the second half after sustaining what also appeared to be an injury to his knee. It is also unclear as to the severity of York's knee injury but Oregon players have mentioned that they believe it is not as serious as some may believe it to be.
While the Ducks seemed to suffer just two injuries during the game on Saturday evening, there was a lot of talk surrounding a few players that did not see action against the Fresno State Bulldogs.
John Boyett, who figures to be one of the key pieces of an improved Oregon secondary, did not make an appearance in the game and was spotted wearing street clothes on the sidelines.
Another notable player that was absent from Oregon's contest against Fresno State was Kyle Long. Long, listed as the backup to Tyler Johnstone at left tackle, did not see any playing time this week after seeing some action against the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
Joining Boyett and Long on the list of notable absences was also Jared Ebert, who was listed as the backup at defensive tackle behind Isaac Remington.