Oregon State excited about Luke Musgrave's potential as a matchup problem at tight end
The 6-foot-6 Luke Musgrave recently landed at No. 12 in Pro Football Focus’ ranking of the top 25 NFL Draft prospects in the Pac-12.
He has the part you can’t coach down. He provides his quarterback with a massive target and he has the athleticism to beat matchups all over the field. After a 22-reception campaign in 2021, Oregon State is looking for Musgrave to keep building during the upcoming season.
“That dude is absolutely problematic,” said Oregon State defensive backs coach Blue Adams, per The Oregonian’s Nick Daschel. “You want to talk about a big guy with great ball skills. Great route-running ability. His skill set is a mismatch for a lot of teams.”
Nowhere to fit this in a story: Oregon State DB coach Blue Adams, on tight end Luke Musgrave:
"That dude is absolutely problematic. You want to talk about a big guy with great ball skills. Great route running ability. His skill set is a mismatch for a lot of teams."
— Nick Daschel (@nickdaschel) August 12, 2022
As a pro prospect, Musgrave still has some stuff to show.
He had 22 receptions last season for the Beavers to rank third on the team. He hauled in 304 receiving yards and a score. The highlight performance came in Oregon State’s biggest game of the year—a trip to Oregon to face the Ducks—where Musgrave had 85 yards and his only touchdown on seven catches. That showed what he could be with more of the offensive emphasis sent his way.
Head coach Jonathan Smith said in the spring the Beavers were looking to give him a bit more attention in the new year.
“We experimented schematically a little bit with some stuff,” Smith said. “Put him in a couple different spots and introduced a few new routes for him. We liked some of the stuff. I can see more balls going his way.”
With some questions in the receiver room, maybe the tight end can be a bigger piece of the passing game this fall.