Oregon tight end Jimmy Musgrave, a redshirt sophomore from Silverado High School (Victorville, California), enters his third season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Musgrave was a star running back and middle linebacker. Starting his junior season he was awarded the 2010 Daily Press Football Defensive Athlete of the Year and Presidential Academic Award. He earned Desert Sky League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior finishing with 105 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Offensively he was named to the All-Desert Sky League Football Team.
In 2011, Musgrave spent his first year in Eugene redshirting while an active member of the scout/practice team.
In 2012, Musgrave again contributed to the scout team efforts, but did not see any game action despite being eligible to play.
Going into the 2013 season, Musgrave will be behind a very talented and deep group of tight ends. At the top is superstar Colt Lyerla, followed by Pharoah Brown, Evan Bayliss and Koa Ka’ai. The tight ends ahead of Musgrave are young, too. There isn’t a likelihood he’ll crack the top-two during his Oregon career.
Due to how loaded the depth chart is, Musgrave’s best chance at seeing the field is in special teams. He’s incredibly strong, and being a former running back he possesses above average speed. He could be a big help in downfield coverage on kickoffs and punts.