Joe Newton set the foundation for a great career at Oregon State where he could shatter many of OSU's tight-end records. He lead the Pac-10 in receptions and caught a co-team high seven touchdowns. His reliable hands and height made him one of Derek Anderson's favorite targets. The dependable, blue collar play of Pat Loney will be missed, but Dan Haines is healthier and the Beavs added a JC All-American.
Junior Joe Newton has solid hands and is sharp route runner, Newton will once again be a favorite target of the Beaver quarterbacks. He had great numbers in 2004, but could see his production drop with junior college transfer Jason Vandiver in the lineup. Senior Dan Haines was a little slow recovering from his injury, and was not 100% for most of the year. This year he should be at full strength and see plenty of playing time even though he is third on the depth chart.
Senior Jim Hanchett took a beating in his first year of college football despite rarely playing. He sat out most of the basketball season due to a shoulder injury. Hanchett will not be 100% come spring practice and could see limited time on the field. Senior Jeremy Weldon has been with the program a long time. He doesn’t see a ton of time on the field but is valuable member of the team.
The new guy(s):
Junior college transfer Jason Vandiver comes to Corvallis with JC All-American credentials. Vandiver has NFL potential and with Newton and him in the lineup the Beavers have a lethal combination during their two-tight end sets. The California native is equally adept at blocking or catching the ball.
The program has been stacked at tight-end for years and the talent seems to be getting better and better. Newton leads the pack, but look out for Vandiver, who is also NFL material. Throw Haines into the mix and the Beavers are three deep with all conference players.
One to watch:
Senior Dan Haines is in his final year as a college tight-end. He has all of the tools as Vandiver and Newton but was slowed recovering from a knee injury. Now that he is fully recovered and in his final season, look for him to come out fired up and very competitive.
- Joe Newton (6-7, 254) – junior, one of the top tight ends in the Pac-10
- Dan Haines (6-5, 254) – senior, good hands and athletic
- Jim Hanchett (6-6, 248) – senior, basketball player who is facing a roster that is too deep to get playing time
- Jeremy Weldon (6-3, 274) – senior, fourth year in the program
- Jeff Kruskamp (6-5, 253) – sophomore, will have to wait another year before getting any playing time
- Dan Weis (6-2, 238) – redshirt freshman, walk-on
- Jason Vandiver (6-4, 265) – junior, talented transfer who is expected
to contribute immediately