Meet Ryan Pohl
July 14, 2009
After starting against USC and Stanford last year, Ryan Pohl is now competing for the starting position on the offensive line with two guys who have yet to play for the Beavers, Michael Lamb and Brent McNeil. Even though he has yet to be named the official starter, he has the early lead on the starting spot and is optimistic that the Oregon State football team as a whole will be tough competitors during the next season and that a trip to the Rose Bowl is not out of reach.
How’s the battle for the left guard sport going?
It’s an exciting one. It’s kind of unfortunate that Mike Lamb was injured (during the spring) and Brent McNeil was dealing with off the field things. It’s going to drag on into the fall camp so I’m going to try hard this summer and get ready for that.
What’s it like being in the competition for that spot with having a few starts under your belt?
It doesn’t really mean anything to me. I’ve yet to prove myself for the whole season so we’re all on an even field.
What was it like having those two starts at USC and at Stanford in 2007?
It felt good but unfortunately I got hurt in the SC game so I couldn’t keep going.
How’s life off the field?
It’s busy with school. That’s all I have right now in my life, football and school. After (practice) I’ll eat dinner and then go to the library and get home pretty late. I’ll just get up and do it all again.
Why did you pick radiation health physics for a major?
I was intrigued by it; it was interesting. Going into it I didn’t really know that much about it, but I’m into sciences and that kind of stuff; so far I like it a lot.
What was it like as a kid being born in the Philippines?
I don’t remember anything (about living there), I was a military kid and I moved when I was one-year-old or something like that. I don’t remember it at all.
How often did you move around as a military kid?
Not very often; I grew up in Hawai’i. When my dad got stationed there back when I was in elementary school he decided to retire and my brother and I grew up there.
How is it playing for Coach Riley?
It’s really good, I know you’ve heard this before but he’s a player’s coach. He’s a good guy to be around and hang out with. He’s a good coach too, he knows his stuff.
What’s it like playing for Coach Cavanaugh?
That’s good too (laughs). He really lights a fire under you if you know what I mean. He’s always there to push you, even if you don’t feel like pushing yourself, he’s pushing you. He never takes a day off.
Back in grade school I tried a lot of different activities like soccer, I even tried the whole track thing for a little while, but football was what I was best at. It was the most fun.
If not on the offensive line then what would you want to play?
That’s a good question. I probably would want to play quarterback to have control of the ball and to be able to make reads and to be “The Man.”
What kind of expectations, personally and as a team, do you have for next year?
Just take it one step at a time personally. I need to get stronger this off season and faster. I want to hit the books more. I want to know everything like the back of my hand. For the team we’re still focused on the Rose Bowl. It’s a great year for us; I think our team has a lot of potential.
Anything you want to tell Beaver Nation?
We’re working hard and it should be a good show this year so get your tickets.
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