There was controversy how the Oregon State football team didn’t use Joe Halahuni last year. Was he overlooked, or not full back from shoulder surgery for his limited role.
When talking about the TEs now, coach Mike Riley called it a new era without “The Tank.”
That statement sounds odd, but Riley said it like he’ll miss Halahuni.
Senior Colby Prince is the incumbent starter, and after him the position is deeper than it has been in a long time.
Connor Hamlett was the backup last year, but can also play H-back. Tyler Perry played a little as the backup TE/H-back, too.
Kellen Clute redshirted his first year on the heals of a knee injury. He’ll work in and add to the depth.
Incoming freshman Caleb Smith plans to be at OSU early for spring practice. He’s a highly regarded TE. He may be able to make an early impact as a part-time H-back like Halahuni.
“The one thing we’ve done is we’ve gotten deeper,” Riley said. “We’ll have Colby Prince and good, young talent with Connor Hamlett and Tyler Perry. They had good offseasons. And Kellen Clute has recovered from the knee injury and is full speed. We have two good young tight ends coming, so that position looks good for me.”
The goal in the spring is settle on some roles of TE and H-back, develop skills and try and make the position a vital part of the offense again.
The the part-time fullbacks are walk-ons who find a niche on the team. Clayton York is still the starter when the position is used, followed by Tyler Anderson and Michael Balfour.
Both these positions can make a difference for the Beavers. When the TE is used a good amount, the offense has done good things. And if the OL has some troubles blocking, the FB better be there to pick up the slack.