As fall camp 2014 comes to a close, the starter at the tight end position for the Oregon Ducks still remains up in the air.
In fact, offensive coordinator Scott Frost claimed earlier this week the competition is simply to close to call between ( Soph. ) Evan Baylis, ( Soph. ) Johnny Mundt, and ( Jr. ) Pharoah Brown and remained that way after the teams final scrimmage Thursday afternoon.
“Honestly, we really don’t know right now” said Mundt after Thursday’s scrimmage when asked if there’s been any indication of who the starter might be next Saturday against South Dakota.
“Right now we’re all taking reps, we’re all putting in the work. When we start preparing for South Dakota that’s when we’ll know what each of us will do in the scheme.”
That scheme of how and who will participate at the tight end position is currently being discussed between head coach Mark Helfrich and his staff through the weekend until the depth chart is officially released early next week.
“This afternoon, tonight and tomorrow are all kind of big picture evaluation type of discussions both as a staff and with the individuals” explained Helfrich after Thursdays workout.
Certainly an improved knowledge of the offense and more experience at the position should provide Mundt with increased playing time when the season begins August 30th.
“This is my second fall camp and I feel like I’ve learned a lot since last year” explained Mundt when asked about his comfort within Oregon’s up tempo scheme.
“I’m definitely going into this season with a lot more knowledge than last year.”
Both Pharoah Brown and Johnny Mundt have been named to the 2014 ‘watch list’ for the John Mackey Award which is given each year to college footballs best tight end.
VIDEO; Watch the Johnny Mundt interview by clicking on the video box above.