Catching Up With John Mundt
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Catching Up With John Mundt

Oregon verbal commit John Mundt is proving he's more than just a tight end. The Central Catholic star out of Modesto (Calif.) has been a force on both sides of the ball this season, leading his team to a 9-2 record as they prepare for a second round playoff matchup with Ripon (Calif.) on Friday.

Mundt said that Friday's game will have added importance due to playing a rival – a rival that happens to hold an 11-0 record.

"We know some of the kids and they are a little bit cocky so it's going to be fun to come out there and punch them in the mouth, put some points up on the board and put their season to an end," Mundt said.

The confident senior has accounted for 25 catches and six touchdowns so far this season (both improvements from last season), but he boasts 14.5 sacks on the defensive side. That stat caught the attention of the Oregon coaching staff, which led to a phone call by head coach Chip Kelly.

"Chip said ‘You know I hear you're doing pretty good on defense. That's good and all, but get it out of your system because when you come here you're a tight end and we want you on offense.'" Mundt said with a laugh.

Keeping in contact with tight ends coach Tom Osborne on a weekly basis, Mundt said that he's been watching all of Oregon's games on television. To get an idea of how he can fit into the Ducks system, he's been studying highlights of former Ducks tight end David Paulson.

"Coach Osborne said I reminded him a lot of David Paulson and ever since then I've been looking him up on YouTube to see how he plays," Mundt said. "You could say that I idolize him and try to take after him."

Mundt said he plays with a defensive mentality, but that he's versatile enough to do whatever the Ducks need him to do, from blocking to running routes.

"I'm a dual threat," Mundt said. "I'm not just a third and long kind of guy. I'm more of an every down tight end."

Central Catholic doesn't run an up-tempo offense according to Mundt, which will force him into a strict training regimen in the offseason in order to adjust to the Ducks up-tempo, no-huddle system.

"I hate going in there but I love coming out because you know you got work done," Mundt said. "We do a lot of vertimax stuff, a lot of jumping and agility type things and I get a sweat going…he kicks my butt."