Mundt possesses throwback work ethic
June, 27, 2012
By Brandon P. Oliver | ESPN Insider
Courtesy of Anthony LoyaOregon tight end commit John Mundt is the type of small-town throwback player that the Ducks have thrived with for years.From the Wilcox family (Dave, Josh and Justin) to Matt Smith to Kellen Clemens, Oregon fans have always appreciated the small-town kids who bring a strong work ethic and a sense of humility to the program. The next in line to be a fan favorite is recent Oregon commit John Mundt. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end is listed as being from Modesto, Calif., a town that most on the West Coast are well aware of. In reality, Mundt hails from a tiny suburb of Modesto called Hughson, a town of just over 6,000 people.
"I just say Modesto now because I can't tell you how many times I had to explain to people that I wasn't from Texas," Mundt said. "I grew up here as a big fish in a small pond and it was a huge adjustment for me when I went to Modesto Central Catholic for high school."
Mundt played baseball growing up. But when he was in the fourth grade he saw the local third graders suited up in pads and uniforms and asked himself why he wasn't playing football with them. Also named John, Mundt's father played football at Fresno State but never pressed football on his three sons. Once his oldest son decided he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps, 'Johnny' decided he wanted to be just like his dad.
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