All I Want For Christmas ...

Dec. 25, 2004

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Here's what a number of Oregon State football players consider the best Christmas gift they ever received:

John Dailey, junior placekicker: 'Probably Ninetendo. I was 12, 10 - something like that.'

J.C. Ronnefeldt, sophomore offensive lineman: 'My truck. About two years ago, my folks got me a truck, so I was pretty happy with that - a Dodge Ram. It's nice.'

Bill Swancutt, senior defensive end: 'Maybe a Nintendo 64. I was like 13.'

Zach Tarver, freshman wide receiver: 'So far, my MP3 player - the bowl gift. That's my favorite one.'

George Gillett, senior wide receiver: 'A video game - all video games, when I was little. Maybe Techno Super Bowl, it was a football game with Nintendo. That was my favorite.'

Josh Linehan, sophomore offensive tackle: 'I remember when I was little, I got one of those little racetracks, the slot-car racers. That was good. I must have been like 9.'

Kyle DeVan, freshman offensive lineman: 'The remote control hovercraft that used to float on the water. I got that and we used to float in on the ice. I was 8 or 9. That was a good one.'

Dan Haines, junior tight end: 'Being with my family.'

Caleb Tommasini, freshman cornerback: 'Sheets.' (Sheets?) 'I was 10 years old and I just kept moving the sheets around to see what was inside the package - that was the present itself. I still get bugged about that at Christmas.'

Keenan Lewis, freshman cornerback (who, incidentally, heard that it snowed in his hometown of New Orleans for the first time since 1995): 'A football.'

Alexis Serna, freshman placekicker: 'A Ninja Turtle bicycle.'

Sammie Stroughter, freshman wide receiver: 'Techno Super Bowl by Nintendo.'

Star Paddock, junior long snapper: 'A 1971 Mercury Comet.'

Sam Paulescu, junior punter: 'The birth of Jesus Christ.'

Aric Williams, senior cornerback: 'A teddy bear.'

Yvenson Bernard, freshman running back: 'A motorcycle bicycle.'

Freddie Davis, junior cornerback: 'A guitar given to me by my uncle.'

Jeff Kruskamp, freshman tight end: 'A guitar my dad made when I was in the fifth grade.'

Brian Hildebrand, freshman quarterback: 'Nike Flights in second grade.'

Jim Hanchett, junior tight end: 'A remote control car in third grade.'

Andy Darkins, freshman linebacker: 'A Red Ryder BB gun.'

Keller Christensen, senior linebacker: 'A shotgun.'

Joe Newton, sophomore tight end: 'A 300 Winchester Magnum.'

Gabe Button, senior tight end: 'A G.I. Joe hovercraft.'

Jeff Van Orsow, freshman defensive end: 'A three-in-one table - pool, ping pong and foosball.'

Ryan Cole, freshman running back: 'A Big Wheel I received when I was 4.'

Ben Siegert, sophomore defensive tackle: 'A pirate's sword.'

Eddie Stamm, freshman linebacker: 'A new set of poker chips.'

Pat Loney, senior tight end: 'An electric guitar.'

Curtis Coker, freshman defensive tackle: 'Star Wars toys.'

Adam Koets, sophomore offensive tackle: 'A ski vacation.'

Mike Hass, junior wide receiver: 'Nintendo.'

Alvin Smith, junior defensive tackle: 'G.I. Joes.'

Chaz Scott, junior linebacker: 'My family.'

Kevin Davidson, senior linebacker: 'Just being here and living.'

Lamar Herron, freshman defensive back: 'The Bo Jackson baseball video game.'

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