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Oregon Football

Spring Review: Tight End

May 1, 2019
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Last year Oregon entered the football season with some promise at tight end. The Ducks were expected to have two quality players with experience at the position in Jacob Breeland and Cam McCormick. Unfortunately for McCormick an early season injury sidelined him for the year. 

That pushed Breeland into a key role but he also battled some nagging injuries as well. Oregon did some shuffling to help steady the position with Ryan Bay and Hunter Kampmoyer filling in. The Ducks brought in USF grad transfer Kano Dillon who was expected to shoulder a big part of the load and be a dynamic vertical threat for Oregon. Unfortunately he too was also slowed with injuries.

That was the story of the season for Oregon at tight end. With the Ducks running the ball a lot and wanting to utilize two tight end sets, they weren’t able to do that often.

Despite signing Spencer Webb in the 2018 class, he wasn’t quite ready despite an appealing 6-foot-5, 235-pound frame. 

The best thing to happen to this group this Winter and Spring? 

Health.

McCormick is back and looks ready to rumble. Not only is that a good thing for Oregon, it’s a great thing for McCormick. He’s looking to be fully recovered and in great physical condition. 

He’ll be joined now by a more seasoned Spencer Webb who brings with him that same ideal frame. If he can improve his run-blocking this season he’ll likely see more snaps. There is no questioning his ability as a pass-catcher. If he’s able to put it all together he’ll be a real bright spot for this team.

Patrick Herbert also joins the Ducks but like Webb at this same time, he’s got some work to do. It’s not an indictment of his skills, but the college game is a big step up from high school football. 

If Jacob Breeland can stay healthy, this group has a real chance to be solid. Maybe not elite, but good enough. And with an improved wide receiver group that could be a big boost to Justin Herbert looking for steady hands and reliable route runners. 

For Mario Cristobal I’m sure he’s lookig for extra blockers to put on the edges of his O-line for the run game. 

If this offense can add some dynamic weapons offensively we could see a whole different element than just a season ago. 

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