One to watch in 2010: TE John Reese

WITH GOOD DEPTH at the tight end position entering 2009, Beaver senior John Reese approached Mike Riley and proposed something not often seen from a guy seriously contending for a starting job. Reese offered to use his redshirt year, which he retained since he played as a true freshman, and he indeed ended up sitting out the '09 season. How much better will OSU, and Reese, be for that in 2010?

John Reese will return next season as a redshirt senior and be part of a group that will include junior Joe Halahuni, who had a breakout season in '09, fellow senior Brady Camp and sophomore Colby Prince.

The 6-3, 240 pound Reese, all but forgotten this season thanks to the emergence of Halahuni, is the lean, athletic-type of tight end who can stretch the field down the seam and still go up high to get a jump ball -- a critical skill in the red zone.

NOT ONLY DOES Reese provide a target in the passing game, his athleticism and good footwork makes him a very solid blocker out in space.

With no statistics recorded in 2006 and 2007, Reese became an option in the passing game in 2008, catching 10 passes for 109 yards but never hitting pay-dirt. Big things have long been expected from the tight end spot since Joe Newton departed after the 2006 campaign but it wasn't until '09 that they finally began to materialize.

Looking ahead to next season, it's Halahuni, Reese and Camp, with Howard Croom graduating this year, who are expected to be the main focus in 2010. And Reese will have his opportunities next season.

Reese will provide yet another set of reliable hands and has the capability to be split out wide, most certainly with a linebacker or safety matched up -- an advantage the Beaver offense will look to exploit.

With a receiving corps that is seven deep, Halahuni, and now Reese, whoever earns the starting quarterback job for 2010 will have numerous weapons at his disposal.

SIDELINED THIS season on Saturdays, Reese became famous for his twitter account-Reese85 for you "tweeters" out there. He provided updates and insights in regards to Beaver Football, something the everyday fan can truly appreciate.

So, while not making hay in the starting lineup or out on the field on game days, Reese remained focused on, and heavily involved in, OSU football. And that may pay off handsomely in 2010.

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