February 16, 2009

Unit No. 7: TE/HB

Duck Sports Authority continues its pre-Spring coverage with a look at the 2008 units and how they stacked up against each other. Coming in at #7 in the 2008 ranking was also the group that had its number called the least of the offense: Tight Ends/H-backs.

Summary B- This position was a disappointment in 2008 in terms of offensive productivity. As a position, it averaged three catches per game, and had only three touchdowns for the season. In 2007 Dickson averaged more than four catches per game. Of the 39 catches made by this group, Ed Dickson had 36 of them and all three of the touchdowns. Downfield and line of scrimmage blocking was helpful for this group grade-wise.

Unit MVP: Ed Dickson It's hard not to pick Ed Dickson for this award given he started every game at tight end. Malachi Lewis did start one time against Stanford but that was at H-back and Dickson started that game too in a double tight end formation.

Best Game: Boise State Ed Dickson had a terrific game against BSU with seven catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. The Ducks may have lost the football game, but Ed Dickson showed pure heart in the comeback.

Consistency: 3rd of 8 Other than a particularly bad performance against UCLA, this position was average or better throughout the season. The position scored its best grade of A- four times during the season and graded out below C twice.

Improvement Trend: 3rd of 8 Finishing third amongst the units on a team that improved overall during the season is a nice feat. The group had most of its best games in the last part of the season which helped its score overall.



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