The TEs in the distance are veterans for the Beavers.
Joe Halahuni chuckled to himself when he tough it. Tight ends for the Oregon State football team are some of the elder statesmen for the Beavers.
“We’ve been here for a while,” Halahuni said. “We are seen as a veteran group now. They expect us to know the offense and make plays.”
There are four on the roster this spring with senior Brady Camp the returning starting tight end and Halahuni, a junior, the returning primary H-back.
Senior John Reese backs up Halahuni. He’s coming off a volunteer redshirt season after playing in the rotation for three seasons.
Sophomore Colby Prince is in development behind Camp. He should be back to practice sometime soon after a week off due to a hamstring pull.
“We are having a lot fun,” Halahuni said. “We are learning a lot and getting better. We are getting an even amount of reps.”
Someone asked coach Mike Riley earlier in the spring if we could expect to see Halahuni and the rest be more involved in the offense this year. He talked about balance among his players, but he’s a coach who likes to throw to the TE.
Halahuni developed into a reliable option where he was the primary target on some plays last year. More of the same should occur this season.
Reese and Halahuni are the playmakers. Prince has that kind of potential. Camp is the blocker of the group, but he is also Quizz’ favorite target throwing out the Wild Beavers since they connected for a TD pass last season.
“We are still both learning tight end and H-back,”We have to know every part of the position.”