From Rivals to Teammates
Aug. 30, 2002
Corvallis, Ore. -
Funny how time flies - or doesn't.
by Kip Carlson, OSU Sports Information
'It seems like it was just yesterday,' said Seth Trimmer, one of two fifth-year seniors among Oregon State's wide receivers, looking back to his freshman year. 'But I'm glad it's not yesterday anymore.'
Kintner's perspective is a little different.
'It's felt like five years, that's for sure,' Kintner said.
Trimmer and Kintner are the only three-year lettermen among Oregon State's wide receivers. Heading into fall camp, Trimmer was listed on the depth chart as the No. 2 flanker and Kintner was the No. 2 split end.
'I'm looking for leadership out of them since they're two of the seniors in the receiving corps,' said OSU wide receivers coach Eric Yarber. 'When they come in the game, I just want them to make plays - which they're well capable of.
'They've both improved tremendously (since last season). I think last year, with them starting and getting a lot of playing time - that experience was invaluable to them. It helped them a lot.'
The duo could help give OSU opponents a variety of concerns in their pass coverage.
'Seth Trimmer has great speed, he's a guy who can catch the ball real well, he's very athletic,' Yarber said. 'Shawn Kintner has great hands, good speed, and he's probably the more athletic of the two. He's not necessarily a deep threat, but he can go deep. He's a possession receiver.
'They're two of my favorites.'
The pair aren't just the old men of OSU's receiving corps - as of this summer, they're also the old married men.
'It's kind of tough in the dorms right now,' Kintner said in the midst of OSU's daily-doubles practice sessions, when the Beavers are housed together on campus. 'I don't get a lot of time to see her, but it's only for two weeks, so ...'
Kintner's wife, Courtney, is still in the process of becoming a football fan.
'She's working on it,' Kintner said. 'She wasn't when we started dating, but she's learning pretty fast, though.'
In the short time he's had to combine marriage, football and school, Trimmer has found it to be a challenge - but a fun challenge.
'It's nice not being completely immersed in the real world - having to be worried about income, bills, jobs and all that sort of stuff,' Trimmer said. 'We're both in school right now, so we get to enjoy life a little more than I think we would as regular newlyweds.'
Their wide receiver positions and recent marriages aren't the only thing Kintner and Trimmer have in common. They also battled in Oregon's Valley League from 1995-98, Kintner at McNary High in the Salem suburb of Keizer and Trimmer at Crescent Valley High in Corvallis.
Trimmer's Raiders beat Kintner's Celtics en route to a Valley League football title their sophomore season, but McNary won the league title the next two seasons and capped Kintner's career with a state championship in 1997. Trimmer was CV's quarterback and Kintner played quarterback before switching to wide receiver midway through his career, though, so their head-to-head meetings came on the basketball court as they often wound up guarding each other.
'I remember he was a good athlete - big and strong and fast,' Kintner said of Trimmer. 'I knew he was going to Oregon State, so I knew who he was.'
Trimmer recalls Kintner playing to the level of the situation.
'He was good when he wanted to be. He could turn it on and off real good,' Trimmer said. 'He wasn't the hardest worker on the court, but he always found a way to score. That's kind of how he's been in college - he always knows how to be in the right place at the right time.He always seems real emotionless, a no-personality type of thing, but it's been fun to get to know him a little bit and see that there is a personality behind the facemask.'
After being recruited by former OSU head coach Mike Riley, both redshirted in 1998 and Trimmer made the switch from quarterback to wide receiver.
'It took me a while to figure out the position, but after a couple years I felt comfortable with it,' Trimmer said.
The biggest adjustment?
'Everything,' he laughed. 'Running the routes, understanding the coverages from a receiver's perspective ... being in the middle of it instead of having it all spread out in front of you is a huge difference in perspective.'
Trimmer worked his way to starting 10 games last season - the first four at flanker and the last six at split end. He caught 16 passes for 304 yards, including touchdowns of 65 yards at Fresno State and 56 yards against Northern Arizona, and he had at least one catch in each of the season's first 10 games.
Kintner made one start in 2001 - at Washington State - but was still OSU's fourth-leading receiver with 17 catches for 221 yards. One of those grabs was a 16-yard scoring pass in the Beavers' 49-24 rout of eighth-ranked Washington.
That ranks as one of Kintner's highlights in his first three seasons at Oregon State.
'Every touchdown is a highlight,' said Kintner, who had also scored on a 38-yard pass against UCLA as a freshman. 'I don't have that many of them, so they're still pretty big highlights.'
For Trimmer, the Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame their sophomore season - wrapping up a No. 4 national ranking - will be tough to beat.
'That's just a huge, momentous occasion; a highlight to anybody's career,' Trimmer said. 'And especially being from Corvallis, seeing where Oregon State has been in the past and having grown up watching them, and then to actually be a part of the pinnacle of that year was pretty incredible.'
As few people as there are who get to play college football, even fewer get to play it in their hometown the way Trimmer has.
'I've liked it,' Trimmer said. 'I don't regret it at all, and it's been an advantage being able to go home and see my family whenever I want and get a home-cooked meal, and just being familiar with town. It's nice. I originally wanted to go far away, but I'm glad this is what worked out.'
The familiar surroundings have agreed with Trimmer off the field, as well. He's already earned his bachelor's degree in Business and is currently working toward his master's in Education; last spring, the OSU College of Business named him its Outstanding Management Student. He was also named to the Verizon Academic All-District first team.
Now Trimmer has one more year to play in front of the home folks.
'My expectation is, I want to get back to a bowl game,' Trimmer said. 'I want to be somewhere for Christmas; I don't want to be at home. It's my last one, so I want to make sure I can get everything out of this that's possible.'