Senior Recap: Tim Euhus

Following in the footsteps of Marty Maurer, tight end Tim Euhus had a superb senior season for the Beavers as he caught 49 passes for 645 yards and 7 touchdowns. The first team All-Pac-10 player finished his career at Oregon State having played in three bowl games and traveling to four; an accomplishment most Beaver football players have never achieved.

Euhus earned all-state third team honors as a tight end and defensive end his senior season while starring at Churchill High School in Eugene, OR. Believe it or not, he was also named an honorable mention punter while in high school. In addition to the local attention he received, national publications started to take notice as PrepStar Magazine named Euhus to their All-Western team and USA Today gave him All-American honorable mention honors.

The decorated athlete also played basketball in high school averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds his senior season in route to all-league honors. After the conclusion of his high school days, he arrived in Corvallis in 1999 and continued his dual sport participation becoming the first player in three years to letter in basketball and football while at Oregon State.

Euhus redshirted, played on the football scout team and joined the OSU basketball team in October. He played 18 games under Eddie Payne averaging 1.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 6.9 minutes. As a result, he earned a letter in basketball before earning a letter in football.


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Tim Euhus finished his career with 98 catches for 1,346 yards and 9 touchdowns.

A slew of players including lettermen Marty Maurer, Bennie Johnson, and Mark Walsh pushed Euhus to number five on the depth chart at tight end at the start of the Fiesta Bowl season. Because he participated in basketball he lost weight and reported to camp at just 213 pounds. During the 2000 season Euhus played in all 12 games almost exclusively on special teams.

Following the 2000 season Euhus choose not to play basketball. Instead, he spent more time in the weight room and added 26 pounds during the off-season. He quickly won the starting job after his performance in spring drills and consequently started all 11 games in 2001. He finished the season as the Beavers’ second leading receiver with 27 receptions for 316 yards and one touchdown while catching at least one pass in 10 of 11 games. His best performance came against the Aggies of New Mexico State when he hauled in six passes for 91 yards.

After the conclusion of the 2001 campaign, Euhus underwent ACL reconstructive surgery on his right knee and had to sit out spring drills. Despite the operation he was at full strength when fall camp opened and resumed his spot atop the depth chart. Once again he started in all of OSU’s games regardless of nagging injuries throughout the season. He finished as Oregon State’s fourth leading receiver with 22 catches for 385 yards and one touchdown on the year.

Euhus entered 2003 having played in 36 straight games, including 24 straight starts. He established himself as one of the best tight-ends in the Pac-10 catching 49 passes for 645 yards and seven touchdowns. The Oregonian also extended his consecutive start streak to 37 as he started every Beaver game for three straight years.


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Euhus was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection this year.

Time and time again Euhus demonstrated his ability to run crisp, clean routes providing quarterback Derek Anderson with a dependable target. The underrated player also showed the aptitude for catching almost any pass in thrown his way. He also improved his blocking technique and he was part of the group that set over 10 offensive records and was ranked sixth nationally in passing offense in ’03.

He finished his career in style by catching 7 passes for 121 yards in the Las Vegas Bowl. His post season performance earned him a spot on Sports Illustrated’s Pac-10 All-Bowl team along with the CollegeFootballNews.com honorable mention all-bowl team. Euhus also played in the East/West Shrine game where he grabbed one pass for 12 yards.

Euhus’ solid career in Corvallis has not escaped the gaze of NFL scouts as he will most likely get drafted in April during the later rounds. “Euhus has been a productive tight end for the Beavers since his sophomore campaign and is a solid pro-prospect,” the NFLexperts.com say. “Though he may never develop into a number one tight end he would thrive in a role where he is the number two and brought onto the field during third down situations.”

Euhus was always the last player off the field.

Although it looks like Euhus will end up in the pros he is not banking on it. “There is more to life than football,” said Euhus, who earned a degree in construction engineering in November. “I just want to get out of the whole school thing and have a chance to make some real money, buy a house, have a family, and do some of those things.”

“If the NFL or construction engineering is moving on with life, then that’s great,” Euhus told the Statesman Journal. “I definitely want to give it my best shot. I don’t go into anything half-heartedly.”

Perhaps Euhus’ greatest legacy at OSU was his treatment of the fans. Number eighty-four was always the last player to leave the field as he signed autographs and posed for pictures until every fan was happy. His signature first down sign will be missed along with his dependable hands and great attitude.

 

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           CAREER STATISTICS
YEAR     GP    PC    YDS    AVG    TDS
       ----     --    --    ---    ---    ---       
2003     13    49    645    45.0     7
2002     13    22    385    35.0     1
2001     11    27    316    40.0     1
2000     12     0      0     0.0     0
         --    --    ---    ----    --
         49    98  1,316    30.0     9

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