There was once someone close to the Oregon football program who used to say ‘being nervous is a side effect of being unprepared.’
Freshman tightend Johnny Mundt may not have ever heard that directly from its author Chip Kelly, but the message of the lesson still remains as part of Oregon’s football culture.
Mundt, from Modesto, California, enjoyed a banner day Saturday as he caught 5 passes for 121 yards and 2 scores in the Ducks win over Tennessee.
It was Mundt’s first touchdowns of his young Oregon career.
“Coach Helfrich said work hard,…give it your all and look at your results after,…it was a little overwhelming,..kind of new for me,…but fun” said Mundt after the game.
Mundt told reporters he was notified he would be starting Saturday’s game after learning junior Colt Lyerla wouldn’t be in uniform for undisclosed reasons.
It was later learned Lyerla missed practice sessions last week with flu-like symptoms.
Nevertheless, it was an opportunity for Mundt to shine,….and he did.
“The guys rock solid” said Helfrich when asked about Mundt’s performance.
“He comes and works everyday…he has a great attitude…he’s a guy you root for….a positive guy and works really hard,..and he wants to do everything he can to help our team.”
Watch the post game press briefing by clicking the arrow in the video box above.