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Published: June 7, 2008
Dante Rosario came to Oregon from a small town of Dayton, Oregon as an athletic diamond in the rough type recruit. When He got to Oregon he quickly made it known he was a player to be reckoned with and as a fullback/Tight End/H-Back made the rest of the Pac-10 realize they missed a Pac-10 star. Now Rosario is showing Carolina Panther coaches they made the right choice in selecting him in the 2007 draft.
Rosario first came on strong late in the 2007 season when the Panthers were eliminated from playoff contention and started playing younger players. Week 13 saw Rosario snag his first touchdown catch against San Francisco. Week 15 against the Seattle Seahawks the Ex-Duck caught his season long catch for 54 yards. The last game of the season during week 17 saw Rosario catch 3 balls for 36 yards and one touchdown against Tamp Bay.
Now, according the the Charlotte Observer’s Sports Reporter David Scott, Rosario is impressing Panther coaches and fans alike.
The Panthers ran several plays for tight ends during Tuesday’s summer school practice and backup Dante Rosario made the most of them. Rosario looked athletic and fast as he went up high to grab a few passes over the middle. With catches like that, Rosario might become a go-to guy on third downs, although Jeff King will likely continue to start and rookie Gary Barnidge could also see playing time.
The chances of landing a starting spot for Rosario is there however the Panthers do have other available options in Rookie Gary Barnidge and also ofrom veteran Jeff King.
With Rosario impressing coaches and rookies Jonathan Stewart and Geoff Schwartz the Panthers are looking like a hot team to follow for Duck fans on Sundays.