Colt Lyerla is the face of Oregon tight ends the way David Paulsen and Ed Dickson were before him. As in years past, starting tight end is not a question mark heading into spring camp; but also like past years, tight end depth is. A plethora of athletic and sizable bodies decorate the Ducks roster, but will anyone step into a more prominent role aside Lyerla?
One of Oregon’s many young positions heading into the 2013 season, the TE position is full of talent. Sophomore Pharoah Brown and redshirt sophomore Koa Ka’ai are the two most experienced players after Lyerla. Both played enough snaps last year to avoid the “newbie” category, but they certainly didn’t get a lot of looks. Redshirt freshman Evan Baylis and incoming freshman John Mundt will add cushion to another athletic and talented TE group at Oregon.
If a future star emerges from the depth chart before or during fall camp, the Ducks may be able to run more “power” plays to counter Stanford’s bear front strategy. A second blocker with the ability to move and block at the line would allow the Ducks’ rushing attack a new angle.