The circumstances under which Johnny (John? I prefer Johnny, so I’m going with that) Mundt started his first ever collegiate game — the 59-14 trouncing his Oregon Ducks put on the hapless Tennessee Volunteers last Saturday — became, as you’re probably aware, a mini/needless controversy. See, the normal starting tight end, Colt Lyerla, was out due to, as head coach Mark Helfrich put it, “circumstances.” Evidently, Lyerla didn’t take kindly to the vagueness of “circumstances,” but has since apologized for calling out his head coach for the unclear wording.
(Really, having two excellent tight ends is a circumstance I think most teams would envy.)
Anyway, pseudo-controversy aside, the real story here is that freshman Mundt was named the national tight end of the week by the folks behind the John Mackey Award (given annually to the nation’s top tight end). Not to shabby for a guy starting his first game, eh? Mundt had five catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns, but it was his vicious stiff arm and his surprising speed that really wowed Duck fans and Mackey voters.
(Damn, I’m at four “circumstances” and my card is for use-five-and-get-one-free. So close.)
[Source: Oregon Live]