Oregon’s Tight End ‘Problem’

Colt Lyerla's Twitter account is always active

Kevin Cline

Last week against Tennessee, a scary beast was unleashed for the nation to see.  His name?  Johnny Mundt.

It isn’t necessarily that Mundt racked up 121 receiving yards and two touchdowns on five catches that makes him so scary, it’s the fact that he was a true freshman making his first career start in place of flu-ridden starter, Colt Lyerla.  Oregon’s backup tight end, Pharoah Brown, has been out with a leg injury since the first week of fall camp, allowing Mundt to step in and start his first game.

Mundt leaves defenders in his wake

Craig Strobeck

Mundt leaves defenders in his wake

Who is the real number-two option for the Ducks?  We won’t know until Brown is back in uniform.  But it is clear that the Ducks have serious talent at the tight end spot.

There isn’t a team in the country that would dislike the situation the Ducks have at tight end.  Evan Baylis was a four-star recruit out of Colorado, who opened eyes during spring ball in 2012, but was eventually overshadowed by Mr. Brown’s freakish talent and pass-catching abilities.  Koa Ka’ai rounds out the Ducks’ tight end group.  A converted defensive end, he appears more than capable of playing significant minutes, despite his limited experience in games.

New head coach Mark Helfrich must love his tight end quandary – especially on Saturday’s.  He has the ability to throw out five different athletes, all with impressive, unique skill-sets, on just about any play, in any situation, without having to stress about whether or not the players on the field can handle the load.

Oh, what a ‘problem’ to have.

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber

  • stevieb2

    The Mundtster!

  • hokieduck

    I see a two TE set with Colt Lyerla in the backfield in the 4th quarter on Jan 6 in Pasadena running through the vaunted Alabama D line like so many stick figures. I cannot wait to finally shut the mouths of all those SEC homers who talk about the Ducks not being able to handle the big boys.

    Take care of business Oregon. Win The Day. Let us fans do the dreaming; you guys stay fixed on the job at hand, every day, every week.

    Go Ducks. Roll Tide. Pasadena Jan 6.