Oregon's Dickson might not see the real McCoy

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

The way things are going, Oregon's Ed Dickson will become the first-team All-Pac-10 tight end by default.

First, Arizona's Rob Gronkowski, who was first-team All-Pac-10 a year ago, went down with a season-ending back injury. Now, USC's Anthony McCoy is hurt. He sprained his ankle against Oregon State and had to be helped off the field.

That's too bad because Dickson vs. McCoy would have been a battle between two outstanding playmakers on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

Dickson, who was second-team All-Pac-10 a year ago, leads the Ducks with 27 receptions for 362 yards and four touchdowns. McCoy, an honorable mention, is second on the Trojans with 16 catches for 375 yards and a touchdown.

That's not a typo on McCoy. Yes, he averages a stunning 23.4 yards per reception.

McCoy is 6-foot-5, 255 pounds. Dickson is 6-goot-5, 243. Both run like receivers. Both are seniors who could get picked early in the NFL draft this spring. Each, while a weapon every week, has turned in a huge game. McCoy caught five passes for 153 yards at Notre Dame. Dickson hauled in 11 for 148 yards against California.

After Oregon State's tight end Joe Halahuni caught nine passes for 127 yards against the Trojans last weekend, Dickson surely must be licking his chops.

Dickson and McCoy started the year in Gronkowski's considerable shadow. Yet Dickson doesn't sound terribly excited that the Wildcats' junior is out of the way.

"It's tough that he went out.," Dickson said. "He's a great tight end. He's one of the persons in the nation who got me working harder, because he was the best tight end in the Pac-10. He's a brilliant talent. I've learned a lot of game from him.

But, when pushed, he added, "It's great everybody in the nation can see what I've got now. I'm getting involved in the offense a little bit."

The Beavers surprised USC by using Halahuni so much, particularly on delay routes.

Dickson won't sneak up on the Trojans, though. It will be interesting to see if he is most often matched with a linebacker or ends up getting special attention from All-American safety Taylor Mays.

Hopefully, McCoy's ankle will heal quickly.

That way we can figure out who the Pac-10's best (healthy) tight end is on the field.