Oregon Ducks wide receiver Dillon Mitchell declares for NFL Draft

Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell (13) attempts to gain control of a pass in the endzone.The Oregon Ducks take on the Michigan State Spartans for the Redbox Bowl at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on December 31, 2018. [Ben Lonergan]

EUGENE, Ore. – University of Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell announced Wednesday morning that he’s heading for the NFL Draft.

The record-setting receiver posted a statement about his decision on Twitter:

Dear Oregon Fans,

I want to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the tremendous support and cheers I’ve received since coming to Oregon in 2016. It has been great living a childhood dream these last 3 years. Ever since 7th grade, I wanted to be an Oregon Duck. I fell in love with the uniforms, the players, the fast spread offence and the Nike brand. A lot of my peers and people doubted me making it here way back then, but through a lot of hard work, determination and support I was able to make that dream come true. Through this journey, I have made unforgettable lasting memories and brothers for life. I will always cherish my time here and know that I am an Oregon Duck for life. I don’t know what the future holds but I am going to put it all in God’s hands. With that being said, I would like to announce that I am declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Since playing in little league, I’ve dreamed about this opportunity and believe that I am ready for the challenge ahead and this next chapter in my life. I want to thank my parents, sister, grandparents, and everyone who supported me throughout this entire journey. I also want to thank Coach Mario Cristobal, the entire coaching staff, support staff, and my teammates for without them, none of this would be possible. Lastly, I want to thank former Oregon coaches, Matt Lubick and Mark Helfrich for recruiting me and offering me a scholarship to the University of Oregon.

Much Love,

Dillon Mitchell #13

Mitchell scored the Ducks’ lone touchdown in the Redbox Bowl on New Year’s Eve. The touchdown led the team to a 7-6 victory over the Michigan State Spartans.

Mitchell’s six catches in the bowl game also set a University of Oregon single-season record with 1,184 receiving yards. The previous record was set by Josh Huff, 1,140 yards in 2013.

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