Where have tight ends been in Ducks offense?
One of the byproducts of routing opponents is the opportunity to develop young talent in game situations.
Few teams have enjoyed that luxury to the levels of No. 2 Oregon (4-0, 2-1 Pac-12).
“We’ve played a lot of guys,” Ducks coach Mark Helfrich said. “I think we have a lot of young talent that just needs to play more. I think we have a lot of guys that just lack experience.”
Oregon’s average margin of victory is 59.8 to 10.8. Average score at halftime has been 36.3 to 5.8.
As a result, the Ducks have been able to unload the bench early and often and develop depth behind a team already stacked with experienced talent.
Doing so makes developing talent easier because knowledge gained by young players from playing in games and then watching game film study can later be applied on the practice field.
“When you say a guy has potential you’re usually waiting for something to click whether it’s the physical part of it or the mental part of it,” Helfrich said. “Guys just need to play.”
One of those guys adding to the depth is freshman tight end Johnny Mundt, who saw extended time in early blowuts and then excelled when asked to start against Tennessee in place of the ill Colt Lyerla.
Mundt, who had 121 receiving yards and two touchdowns, said he’s become comfortable delivering in any aspect asked of him.
“Staying in line protecting (quarterback Marcus Mariota) or opening a gap for (De’Anthony Thomas), or running a route to free someone up,” Mundt said. “Whatever gets the ‘W’ in the end, that’s what I care about.”