Oregon senior tight end Pharaoh Brown thinks himself a pass rusher?
Brown said recently that he likes what he has seen from the Ducks' defense under new coordinator Brady Hoke. The unit, Brown said, has been very spirited, bringing great competition to the field.
Brown, even though he plays offense, said he enjoys joking around with Hoke and has even lobbied for some time on the defensive side of the ball.
"I go into his meeting room sometimes, sneak in and try to get a Pharaoh Brown off-the-edge package," Brown said with a laugh.
Brown certainly doesn't look like someone who couldn't generate a pass rush if asked to do so. But it's doubtful that fantasy will be realized.
However, it does appear that Brown is set to return to game action after missing all of last season with a leg injury suffered in 2014.
"Everything has kind of been easy," Brown said of his return to the field, which began during spring drills. "Just trying to get into football shape."
That's never an easy thing to do at UO given the pace of the Ducks' offense. But given that Brown's career almost ended in 2014 at Utah, getting back into Oregon game shape should be a piece of cake.
"The speed of the game, I got used to it pretty easy," he said.
Brown's return gives the Ducks an NFL-caliber receiving tight end to work with along with the steady talents of seniors Johnny Mundt and Evan Baylis. With three good senior tight ends, Brown said he expects the Ducks to use plenty of multiple tight end packages.
That said, Brown is by far the best receiving threat among the three tight ends.
For his career, Brown has caught 37 passes for 585 yards and eight touchdowns in 37 games. He was having a great season in 2014 with 25 receptions for 420 yards and six touchdowns before the injury.
Last year, Baylis had 16 receptions for 229 yards and one score. Mundt, limited to five games, caught five passes for 39 yards and a touchdown.
Cleary, Brown would be an upgrade as a receiving tight end to an offense already loaded with elite pass catchers.