CIVIL WAR: Trying to crack Doc's one-&-done's

IF OREGON STATE is to upset Oregon in the Civil War on Saturday (ABC, 5 p.m.) one thing that would surely help: WR Rahmel Dockery has more than a one-and-done. Dockery is averaging a ridiculous 32.4 yards per catch this season with two 49-yard receptions and a 46-yarder to his credit. But despite playing in 10 games, he has only five catches on the year.

Against WSU, Dockery on the first play of the game hauled in a 49-yard grab. And then he didn't have another catch the rest of the game.

Against UW on Saturday, he hauled in another monster - this one a 46-yard reception.

It was his only catch in that game too.

Against SDSU, another 49-yard catch and well, you know the rest of the story: It was his only catch of that game.

Dockery is listed as the No. 2 flanker behind Victor Bolden, so he's not going to get the reps of a starter.

But the two grabs against UW and WSU were impressive lay-it-out receptions -- the SDSU catch (pictured above) was equally good. They were big plays that seized momentum. They had everyone on the Beaver sideline jumping.

I don't know if Oregon State isn't targeting him after the one grab, if he's not getting hardly any reps because you want Bolden out there virtually every snap or if Dockery just isn't running good enough routes when he is out there to make Sean Mannion want to go to him more. TV just doesn't let you see those things.

But whatever it is, it would seem a really good idea to target him more in the Civil War. First and foremost, because of his ability to haul in a well-defended deep ball.

But you could complement that as well: by surprising the Ducks in a couple ways they won't glean from watching the game tape that exists on Dockery in the pattern.

Getting him a significant chunk of time in the slot with starter Hunter Jarmon could be one way to do that, and/or running a few more four-receiver sets could be another.

For an offense starved for big plays, it seems odd not to be trying Dockery at least a little bit more after a momentum-grabbing catch.

Especially when he's hauling in near 50-yarders.


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