Beavers' Reese Blocks out All Challengers

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), November 4, 2010 | Go to article overview

Beavers' Reese Blocks out All Challengers


Byline: Bob Clark The Register-Guard

CORVALLIS - John Reese has usually been open to anyone being among his followers on Twitter, but finally one went too far.

No, not an opponent who was antagonizing the Oregon State senior. Not even a teammate commenting on video game results.

It was his mother, Tina Reese.

"I had to block her. She kind of spies on me," Reese said. "She was texting me about misspelled words and grammar, and I got annoyed."

But block his mother from keeping up with his regular updates on his life, his team and, yes, those video game results? His mother?

"She didn't like it at first, but I had to let her know why," Reese said. "She realizes why now, but I'm not ready to unblock her yet. We'll see."

What the Beavers see are the blocks that Reese has thrown as the starting tight end after Brady Camp went out with an injured back last month. Reese will make his fourth start Saturday when the Beavers (4-3 overall, 3-1 in the Pac-10) play UCLA in the Rose Bowl.

"He's gone from maybe getting in for two or three plays a game to taking like 60 snaps (in a recent game)," said Robin Ross, the OSU assistant coach for tight ends. "He's playing quite a bit and he's continuing to improve.

"The extra reps and playing time are paying off."

As is the decision that Reese made before the 2009 season to utilize his redshirt year, which brought him back as a senior for this season. After playing as a true freshman in 2006, he was headed for wrapping up his eligibility last season until he met with coaches and broached the idea of sitting out and putting off his senior year to 2010. The Beavers were deep enough a year ago to allow it, and the dividends are now being returned with Reese being available to take over for Camp.

"So far it's worked out pretty good," Reese said. "I've got a lot more proving to do and I go day by day, trying to get better game by game."

The oddity is that while Reese was perceived early in his career as a good receiver who wasn't an accomplished blocker, he has no receptions this season and it's now his blocking that is being hailed as his strength.

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