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2019 Spring Practice Recap + Fall Preview: Tight End

What can the tight end group bring to the Ducks in 2019?

NCAA Football: San Jose State at Oregon Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Depth Chart (Spring)

1. Jacob Breeland 6’5 248 RS Senior

2. Cam McCormick 6’5 253 RS Junior

3. Ryan Bay 6’3 240 RS Senior

4. Spencer Webb 6’6 234 RS Freshman

5. Hunter Kampmoyer 6’4 262 RS Junior

What happened during spring practices?

  • Cam McCormick returned from injury and largely reasserted himself as the top tight end in the program.
  • Matt Mariota graduated and thus is no longer eligible for college football as a result.
  • Breeland returned as the leading receiver of the group and didn’t do much to lose his spot as such. McCormick outright won the job from him.
  • Ryan Bay returns as the steady blocking presence from last season.
  • Spencer Webb is a redshirt freshman and pretty much is the fourth tight end on the depth chart until 2020.
  • Kampmoyer began another spring at the position after coming over from the defensive line prior to last season.

Post Spring Depth Chart

1. McCormick

2. Breeland

3. Bay

4. Webb

5. Patrick Herbert (freshman)

6. Kampmoyer

What could happen during fall camp and the 2019 season?

  • I’d venture a guess that there could be some three tight end sets in play during the fall. If Arroyo is creative, he could isolate McCormick and Breeland in the slot and use Bay as an inline blocker.
  • I think Herbert gets a chance to play in some games with his older brother before ultimately getting the redshirt.
  • Kampmoyer is likely relegated to the scout team once again or he could decide to transfer if the scholarship numbers need to be managed.
  • Webb won’t play much unless there are injuries to the guys above him on the depth chart. Likely to get some garbage time reps if it all.
  • With all the targets seemingly ticketed for the receivers, expect the tight ends to not produce much in terms of the counting stats. If I had to venture a guess on who the leading tight end will be, it will be Breeland again due to the familiarity with Herbert.
  • I wouldn’t mind seeing some more high low flood concepts involving two TE sets with Breeland and McCormick plus another receiver (Juwan Johnson). Or even TE crossing routes while the outside receivers go run out routes and the RB sneak out of the backfield on an angle or flat route. Maximum confusion for the defense. Or even crossing sluggos / post hybrid routes from the slot.