OREGON STATE HAS not had a red zone touchdown threat from the tight end spot since Joe Newton graduated. Could this be the season it returns in Corvallis? Meanwhile, as blockers, the group has far fewer questions. Plus, there exists a veteran mix to the tight end corps but also two up-and-comers who belong, respectively, to the freshman and sophomore classes.
G O O D
no tight ends were lost to graduation.
Howard Croom is the team's top returning starter with experience -- he
has 23 starts. Senior John Reese has never started in a game but has
played in almost every contest the last two years.
Brady Camp has five starts and sophomore Joe Halahuni received
valuable playing time and showed some particularly effective blocking down on
the goal line in the latter part of the season.
four tight ends combined for 29 catches for 240 yards and three touchdowns last
B A D
too much to complain about, but if there is one thing lacking then that is the
lack of the tight end involvement in the passing game.
That can be partially the tight ends and quarterbacks
fault, a combination of both or the type of offense the coaches are running. At
the same time, there's little doubt that if the Beavs had a go-to-guy who could
move the chains at tight end, it would likely pay substantial dividends across
Gabe Miller moves
from tight end to defensive end this spring, making for one less experienced
player in the group.
Will the tight ends be a significant part of the
offensive air attack in 2009?
they well might in 2008 and it didn't come to pass. With two-thirds of the '08
starting receiver corps lost to graduation, things might turn out differently
W A T C H
Colby Prince. With a long, fluid
frame, Prince could be the red zone touchdown machine that the team has been
missing since Joe Newton graduated.
Halahuni. when he wasn't injured, his blocking was noteworthy this
S U M M A R Y
experienced senior quarterback at Oregon State means a wide open
playbookandmore passes to the tight ends.
The slip screen in the middle of the field that
worked so well with Newton several years ago, and that was tried a couple of times in
2008, could be set to make a triumphant
Croom, Reese and Camp are all veterans and know what they need to do - the
quarterbacks just need to get them the pigskin
and they need to make the
R I L E Y
"Colby Prince had
a great fall."
"I think Joe
Halahuni with a whole spring being healthy will be a
R O S T E R
Sr. Howard Croom (6-3, 254) -
snagged just six catches for 37 yards...an integral part of the running game as
he was primarily asked to block for Quizz last season...started 10 games in
Jr. Brady Camp (6-4, 258) -
led the tight ends with 12 catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns last year...a
bruiser with dependable hands...recorded
Sr. John Reese (6-3, 240) -
led the unit in yards with 109 on 10 grabs...the quarterbacks definitely looked
his way more than the previous season, but
he also had some key drops.
So. Joe Halahuni (6-2, 254) -
had just one grab for three yards in nine games...naturally strong and
athletic...will be entering his first spring practice fully healed from a left
RFr. Colby Prince (6-3, 250)
- Langsdorf was impressed with his
play down the stretch...a long frame with
RFr. Kevin Pankey
(6-2, 260) - redshirted last year...
could also be moved to one of the