Baylis and Mundt Looking to Fly High in Spring Compeition

Evan Baylis 6, National Championship,14, JS

While much has been made of Oregon‘s loaded stable of running backs and solid corps of receivers heading into next season, the TE position has been largely ignored . Unlike other positions on offense, Oregon doesn’t have big name talent at TE outside of the injured Pharoah Brown, who despite being ahead of schedule in his recovery, is not likely to play this season. Without Brown, Oregon will have to rely on big play from Rose Bowl standout Evan Baylis.

Baylis has the inside track to be the Ducks starting TE next season

Kevin Cline

Baylis has the inside track to be the Ducks’ starting TE next season

While Baylis showed what he could do in the last two games of the season, that was pretty much the only time he lived up to his potential as a receiver. Baylis has always been known for being a great blocker, making him invaluable in the run game. Should he continue to improve Baylis could be just as deadly a receiver as a blocker.

However, Baylis isn’t guaranteed to be the starter when the season starts; he will have to compete with fellow one game wonder TE Johnny Mundt. Mundt’s big breakout game was a memorable one two seasons back against Tennessee. Other than that 121 yard-two TD performance, Mundt has essentially disappeared. This can be likely be attributed to his less than great blocking ability.

With a 5 receptions-121 yards-2 TDs stat line against Tennessee Mundt burst onto the scene his first year

Craig Strobeck

With five receptions, 121 yards, and two TDs against Tennessee, Mundt burst onto the scene his first year

While Baylis is an excellent blocker who needs to become a better receiver, Mundt could be seen as the opposite. Mundt originally lost out to Baylis after Pharaoh Brown’s injury because Baylis was the much better blocker. If Mundt wants to come in and take the starting TE job from Baylis he will have to improve as a blocker exponentially, because no matter how good of a receiver you are at Oregon, you have to be able to block.

Oregon does have a particularly interesting competition at TE going into this next season, having two TEs who have complementary skill sets. It may make sense to just use both of them, subbing Mundt in on passing downs and leaving Baylis in the rest of the time. The problem with this is Oregon’s warp speed offense doesn’t lend itself to substitutions. All things considered, Evan Baylis, barring injury, will likely be Oregon’s starting TE this upcoming season, if only because he is the superior blocking TE to Mundt.

Top photo by John Sperry

Print Friendly

 Volunteer Position Openings:

--Media Management/Supervisor:  We are looking for someone beyond college age who can help manage students and mentor in a number of different departments. Expertise is not required as organizational skills and interest in guiding others.   --Assistant Football Analyst: Love college football and enjoy watching it for hours? We need associates to view games and find the techniques/teaching points we identify for them in advance.  You will be recognized in publications, and could have the opportunity to move to full Analyst.   --College Football Analyst: We are looking for Coaches, or retired coaches to help create analysis videos (we do the video part) that will be viewed by thousands, and will help young football players as well as fans understand the game much better. The national recognition will help your resume' as well as make an impact upon the game we all dearly love.   --Video Specialist: We are looking for help in the Eugene/Springfield area to assist with the shooting and editing of analysis videos.   All Positions: Send a resume' with full contact information and any writing samples you have to  Again, these are volunteer positions donating five hours a week each.

Noah Smith

Noah Smith

Noah is an undergraduate student from just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. Noah is currently pursuing a communications degree with the goal of becoming a sports journalist. Noah is a die hard Duck fan, mainly because of his obsession with football's X's and O's. In his free time he enjoys watching both pro and college football games,playing and listening to music, and drawing up his own playbooks.