SPRING PREVIEW: Wide Receiver/Tight End

ONE OF THE deepest units on the Beavs headed into the spring session -- the receivers and tight ends. A solid blend of upper and lowerclassmen give Oregon State one of its most talented groups in recent history and should help ease the transition to a new signal caller at OSU. There is still intrigue, however, and some of it centers around who will grab the starting spilt end job..



With a healthy blend of upper and underclassmen the receivers are the deepest unit on the team.

James Rodgers was already one of the most deadly players on the field, but the 5-foot-7 dynamo took his receiving game to another level. With precision, disciplined routes he became Canfield's number one target and should be one of Ryan Katz's favorites.

After spending much of 2009 on the sidelines Darrell Catchings returns to the lineup giving the unit another experienced player.  He dominated in the spring last year before getting hurt and could give the team a solid one-two threat in the passing game.

Jordan Bishop and Markus Wheaton received valuable playing time last year in spot duty and figure to make the jump to starting roles while Geno Munoz and Kevan Walker have starred on scout teams and will help fill out the two deeps.

Once again the tight end position will be strong with John Reese returning to the lineup after sitting out last year. Joe Halahuni had a breakout season while Brady Camp is the jack of all trades.

Throw in the up and coming Colby Prince and the tight end spot is four deep.


One of the best surprises last year was the play of Damola Adeniji who proved to be one of Canfield's favorite targets.

His big body and solid hands were deadly in the redzone as he grabbed five touchdown passes to go along with 58 receptions and 807 yards - the second highest total on the team.

WR Casey Kjos quit football due to recurring back injuries.  He didn't record many statistics, but he did the little things that needed to get done.


Will Catchings or Wheaton grab the starting split end spot?


  • WR Darrell Catchings (wrist; ankle) - fully healed
  • TE Joe Halahuni (thumb) - fully healed
  • WR Micah Hatfield (leg) - broke his leg in Oct; will play in spring camp


Darrell Catchings. The 173-pound player was having an outstanding fall camp before injuring his wrist and then his ankle. Will he be able to hit the ground running after sitting out a year?



Two of the three starting positions will be locked down with Rodgers at flanker and Bishop in the slot.

James will be rested and protected like his younger brother. He won't play in scrimmages and a strict no tackle rule will be in effect.

Bishop showed flashes of brilliance last season with a couple of nifty catches across the middle. With Kjos quitting football Bishop can really embrace a starting role and become a significant part of the offense.

All eyes will be on Wheaton and Catchings who will vie for the split end spot. Catchings was dominating last year before his injury, but the coaches love Wheaton's play making ability.

It doesn't really matter who starts as the most likely scenario will be both players getting equal playing time.

Filling out the two deeps will be Munoz, who has put in two solid years on the scout teams, and Walker - a good sized prospect at 6-0, 197-pounds with decent speed.

Another name of note is longtime walk on Aaron Nichols who hopes to turn in an Adeniji type performance in his final year.

The tight ends sport a little bit of everything.

Camp is the most rounded player of the group - loves to stick his nose in the middle of things, solid blocker, consistent and reliable, but he won't blow anyone away with his athleticism.

Halahuni has the most potential of the group and the coaches will be looking to get the ball in his hands more. He is deadly in the open field and punishing on the defenders.

The most experienced player is Reese who redshirted last year because there was a logjam at tight end. The senior is under the radar and could have a solid year.


  • Sr. Darrell Catchings (5-11, 164) - 10 career starts...played in just two games last year grabbing two passes for 24 yards...slowed down with a high ankle sprain and wrist injury in fall camp of 2009...granted an extra year of eligibility in March of 2010...needs to add 10 or so pounds to get to playing weight
  • So. Markus Wheaton (6-0, 178) - competed in the UW Last Chance Meet in the 60-meter dash checking in at 6.82 - the fastest time by a football player this year...one of eight true freshman to play in 2009...one start...slowed down due to clearing house issues in fall of 2009...caught eight passes for 89 yards; carried the ball 11 times for 84 yards and one touchdown...excellent change of direction...a natural athlete...Riley compares Wheaton to former USC star R. Jay Soward...added 13 pounds since arriving on campus
  • So. Geno Munoz (6-0, 193) - a solid performer on the scout team who figures to get more playing time this season...did not record a catch last year
  • Fr. Obum Gwacham (6-5, 218) - growing by leaps and bounds...very coachable...competed in the UW Last Chance Meet in March clearing 7' 1 1/2" becoming the ninth Beaver to clear 7', also participated in the Husky Indoor Classic...a grayshirt who enrolled in Jan. of 2010...expected to redshirt, but could see time on the edge to block PATs and field goals...already added 11 pounds


  • So. Jordan Bishop (6-3, 199) - four starts...athletic, big target who isn't afraid to go across the middle...competed in the Husky Indoor Classic in February clearing 7' 1/2" becoming the eighth Beaver to clear 7', also participated in the UW Last Chance Meet...could have a breakout year...caught 14 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown
  • Sr. Aaron Nichols (6-0, 185) - a walk on who is a top candidate to earn a scholarship...catches everything thrown his way...a disciplined route runner...caught 11 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown in 2009
  • So. Kevan Walker (6-0, 200) - practicing with the men's track team, but hasn't competed in a track event yet...with Casey Kjos quitting football Walker jumped into the two deeps...expected to make an impact in his third year in the system...one catch for 16 yards last year...a versatile athlete who worked out with the cornerbacks as a freshman
  • RFr. Mitch Singler (6-2, 196) - walked on and redshirted last season...he will play before its over, Riley says


  • Sr. John Reese (6-3, 247) - graduated in Dec. of 2009 with a degree in speech communication...has yet to realize his potential, but is poised to have a breakout season after redshirting last year...10 career catches for 109 yards...lines up at H-back
  • Sr. Brady Camp (6-4, 265) - 18 starts, 14 straight...one of the better blockers on the team...a big target in the red zone...loves to get down and dirty...one of the more underrated players on the squad...snagged five passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns
  • Jr. Joe Halahuni (6-2, 252) - two starts...great hands and athleticism..26 passes caught in the last seven games...nine catches at USC is the most ever by an OSU tight end...surpassed the 100-yard mark twice - a feat former Beaver great Joe Newton never accomplished...grabbed 35 passes for 486 yards and three touchdowns...naturally strong and athletic...runs with authority, after the catch he is looking to punish a defender...lines up at H-back
  • So. Colby Prince (6-3 ,265) - long, athletic and rangy...turned in a great fall practice last year...will be in the rotation...good speed...has added 17 pounds since coming to Corvallis


  • Sr. James Rodgers (5-7, 188) - given Lunch Bucket Award after 2009 season, given annually to the player(s) who demonstrate outstanding work ethic...competed in the Husky Indoor Classic and the UW Last Chance meet running in the 60-meter dash posting top 20 times...first team all-Pac-10 pick in 2010...has started in 26 games, 13 straight...ranked first in the Pac-10 and seventh in the nation at 179.1 all-purpose yards per game...school record holder for single season all-purpose yards with 2,328...had a school record 303 all-purposed yards against Oregon in 2009...led the Pac-10 in receptions for game (7.0)...set a school record for receptions in a season with 91...second Beaver in school history to amass 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in his career...second team Associated Press All-American all-purpose player...second player in school history to accumulate 5,000 all-purpose yards
  • RFr. Micah Hatfield (6-0, 162) - Riley confident he will contribute, but down the road...still needs to add 20 pounds before seeing the field...broke his leg in October, but will participate in spring practice...has added 10 pounds since arriving on campus, but needs to 10-15 more pounds
  • RFr. Garett Halll (5-8, 198) - the next Taylor Kavanaugh according to Riley...walked on last year and redshirted...also a talented baseball player at Olympia High
  • Fr. Kevin Cummings (6-0, 168) - picking up things quickly...grayshirt who enrolled in Jan. of 2010...played for USA Football's 2009 Junior National Team earning a gold medal...high school teammate of current Beavers Ryan Katz and Cameron Collins


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