A former wide receiver who made the switch to tight end in the spring of 2002, he exhibits good hands as a pass-catching threat ... one of three returning lettermen at tight end ... has made good strides in his blocking skills ... 2004 ... played in 10 of 12 games last fall ... caught his lone pass at Oregon State ... 2003 ... played sporadically most of the season, catching just one pass for five yards vs. Arizona, before being thrust into a major role following a late-season injury to starter Garrett Cross ... started vs. Washington, the Big Game vs. Stanford and the Insight Bowl against Virginia Tech, as the Bears opened with double TE alignments ... had a pair of 20-yard receptions at Stanford and one catch for seven yards vs. Virginia Tech ... 2002 ... made a position switch from wide receiver to tight end during the spring ... did not play as he mastered his new position ... 2001 ... redshirted while working on scout teams.
High School/Personal: Earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors, rating as the No. 8 overall prospect in Oregon ... named second team all-state honors as both a junior and senior ... earned PrepStar All-West Region honors ... an underclass All-American as a junior by Student Sports ... had 48 catches for 1070 yards (22.3 average) and 9 touchdowns as a junior ... the No. 2 rated receiver at the Nike summer camp in Oregon in 2000 ... father, Jack Rust, lettered in football at Oregon from 1966-68 and was the team captain for the first football game ever played in Autzen Stadium on Sept. 23, 1967 ... mother is Janis ... born Jan. 24, 1983 in Portland, OR ... American studies major.
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