True freshman Johnny Mundt made his first career start at tight end this afternoon against Tennessee.

Junior Colt Lyerla was not in uniform due to illness. Lyerla, who has two receptions for 26 yards, had not missed a game since his freshman season in 2011.

Lyerla dropped three passes at Virginia last week, but atoned for those mistakes with several key blocks on touchdown plays.

Mundt, a 6-foot-4, 232-pound native of Modesto, Calif., played extensively in each of the Ducks' first two games. He made his first career reception during Oregon's first drive against the Volunteers.

Mundt was a four-star recruit and the No. 10 tight end prospect in the nation last year according to ESPN.com. He caught 33 passes for 625 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior at Central Catholic High, and was invited to the Semper Fidelis All-America game.

Mundt impressed UO coaches almost immediately when preseason camp began, and soon after found himself working with the No. 1 and No. 2 offenses.