It’s a good thing the Beavers have a talented group at the tight-end position. Under Riley’s new playbook the tight ends are an integral part of the offensive game plan.
Riley wants at least one of the tight ends to be a constant threat in the middle of the field.
Often, a two tight-end set will be used with one tight end staying on the line to block while the other goes out for a pass.
One aspect that stood out in spring practice was the tight ends in motion almost every down. Frequently, the players will start on one side of the line with both of them moving to the other side. After they have switched sides, one tight end will move back to the original position.
Having four Pac-10 tight-ends will keep the players fresh, enabling them to give one-hundred percent every down knowing a capable backup is on the sidelines. Competition between the tight ends keep the players on task.
The Beavers number one tight end is two-year starter, senior Tim Euhus. The Riley recruit started all 13 games for the Beavers in 2002 on his way to 22 catches for 385 yards and one touchdown. The previous year, Euhus hauled in 27 catches for 317 yards and one touchdown.
The 6-foot-5, 251 pound player has a great understanding of the game
and should haul in at least 20 catches.
Tim Euhus (in back) and Pat Loney (in front) will lead the Beaver tight ends in 2003.
Euhus is a smart, tough football player who worked on his footwork and blocking techniques during spring drills. Tight ends coach Paul Chryst is very excited to see what Euhus can do this year.
Haines proved to be a valuable player in 2002 as he caught 10 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown. The 6-foot-4, 253-pound sophomore will fully recover by summer, but will have to work extra hard to earn his position back.
As a result of Haines’ injury, two capable backups, Pat Loney and Joe Newton, received a chance to showcase their skills in route to a high number of repetitions with the first and second teams.
Pat Loney a 6-foot-6, 251 junior, who did not play as much as he expected to last season, looked good during drills. The junior exhibited good hands and movement. Loney has a toughness about him and does shy away from a hit. He is an emotional player who is not afraid to get in his opponents’ face.
Joe Newton, the 2001 Oregon Class 4A Player of the Year, received his first opportunity to compete for playing time after red shirting in 2002. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound freshman is by far the biggest player at the position, and despite his size, is very athletic.
Joe Newton is a rising star on 2003 squad.
Newton made several diving catches on well-run routes throughout April. He too does not shy away from hits and has the potential to become a great player at OSU.
Gabe Button, transferred from the College of San Francisco in 2002. The
6-foot-4, 233-pound junior had a decent spring after red shirting in 2002.
Jeremy Weldon moved from the defensive line to the tight end position decently. The 6-foot-2, 259-pound sophomore is a smart football player and runs well. He will most likely not see any playing time this year, but will move to third on the depth chart after the conclusion of this season and the graduation of Euhus.
Scott Smith, a 6-foot-3, 263 pound red shirt freshman received the least amount of repetitions during the drills and has a long way to go before receiving any playing time.
With the depth at this position and the incoming recruits, Smith will have an uphill battle to see any action at the tight end position.
BeaverFootball.com’s Tight End Rankings
1. Tim Euhus, Senior (6-5, 254) – Had a solid spring solidifying his spot as one of the Beavers best tight ends. Euhus runs, blocks, and catches well.
2. Pat Loney, Junior (6-6, 254) – Had a solid spring and proved to the coaching staff that he is ready to play. Loney will be facing strong competition from Haines and Newton throughout the year.
3. Dan Haines, Sophomore (6-4, 253) - Haines was solid in 2002 and showed signs of being, at the least, an honorable mention Pac-10 player. Although he did not participate in spring drills, he is too good of a player to leave out of the lineup. He will have to work hard to get his position back from Loney, but eventually will take the number two position.
4. Joe Newton, Freshman (6-7, 250) – Could become an All- Pac-10 player by the end of his career. Has the size to shed most linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties. Moves well and is big enough to provide extra protection for the quarterback.
5. Gabe Button, Junior (6-4, 233) – Probably won’t get any playing time in 2003, but has the skills to play if needed.
6. Jeremy Weldon, Sophomore (6-2, 259) – Joined the tight ends in 2003 after playing on the d-line. Runs well, but needs to work on his catching ability. Improved dramatically over the 15 days of practice.
7. Scott Smith, Freshman (6-3, 225) – Decent at blocking, but lacks the speed the other tight ends posses. Probably the least athletic out of the group, but has four years to improve.
Look for the Wide Receivers post-spring analysis on Thursday.