The junior was named the Redbox Bowl offensive MVP, set a UO single-season record for receiving yards in 2018

Justin Herbert won’t have his security blanket during his senior season at Oregon.

Two days after earning the Redbox Bowl offensive most valuable player award, junior wide receiver Dillon Mitchell announced that he is leaving the Ducks to enter the NFL draft.

Mitchell led the Pac-12 and set a single-season Oregon receiving record with 1,184 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Herbert connected with Mitchell for the lone touchdown in the Ducks' 7-6 victory over Michigan State on Monday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

“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,” Mitchell posted on social media.

Mitchell had 75 receptions this season. The team’s second-leading receiver was Jaylon Redd, who had 38 receptions for 433 yards and five touchdowns.

“It definitely doesn’t hurt me,” Mitchell said earlier this season of being so productive in front of the NFL scouts who were showing up in droves to watch Herbert. “I definitely would put myself right up there with working hard. When they come see him, all of the receivers are giving our best effort.

“I mean, at the end of the day, if that’s your goal, you have to give it your best.”

Herbert, who announced he would not declare for the NFL draft before the Ducks headed for the Bay Area, will have to develop a stronger rapport with some other wide receivers during the offseason.

In addition to Redd, Oregon returns veteran receivers Brenden Schooler (203 yards, one touchdown) and Johnny Johnson (215 yards, four touchdowns), who both regressed during Mitchell’s rise.

Running back CJ Verdell finished with 1,018 rushing yards on the ground and was also the team-s third-leading receiver with 27 receptions for 315 yards.

Oregon was one of three FBS teams to produce a 3,000-yard passer (Herbert), a 1,000-yard receiver (Mitchell) and a 1,000 yard rusher (Verdell) in 2018.

“These guys, they’re just different and special In the way they approach their craft, in the way they approach this sport,” coach Mario Cristobal said. “They made the game better because of their commitment to it. They make their teammates better because of their commitment to them and to the program.

“Guys like that build and rebuild programs and leave their legacy. Certainly it’s something we’re very fortunate and honored to have.”

Oregon’s incoming recruiting class, the highest-ranked in program history, includes some much-needed firepower at the skill positions.

The Ducks will welcome wide receivers Mycah Pittman, Lance Wilhoite, Josh Delgado and JR Waters, as well as four-star all-purpose back Sean Dollars.

Herbert should also have some natural chemistry with incoming Sheldon High tight end Patrick Herbert, his younger brother.

“We want to keep enhancing the supporting cast,” Cristobal said. “The ability to develop more play-makers around (Herbert), to be able to protect him better, to challenge him to be able to do everything the great ones can do. We feel he’s on his way there.”