Meet Darrell Catchings
July 27, 2009
After playing in all 13 games as a true freshman, Darrell Catchings gave way to the return of Sammie Stroughter in the 2008 season. With Stroughter leaving Corvallis for an NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oregon State coaches and fans look to Catchings to step into the role of the next playmaking wide receiver for the Beavers.
What are the differences between the “X” receiver position and the other receiver slots?
It’s kind of the same. The other receiver gets more handoffs and blocking responsibilities, but other than that it’s pretty much the same.
Do you feel any pressure to fill the shoes of Sammie Stroughter and Mike Hass, or is it just an opportunity for you?
It’s a little bit of both. There is a little bit of pressure to fill shoes that big, Sammie was a really good receiver. I’m just working hard and taking advantage of the opportunity.
What did you learn from Stroughter over the past two years?
I learned a lot. Just how to come out and be aggressive, be strong in my routes and catching the ball.
Is there a difference between this spring and past springs in how you are preparing?
I’m just coming out and being ready to play. Last year I didn’t get as much playing time. So this year I put it on myself to come out, be the best I can, and make plays.
How has the experience of playing as a true freshman helped you over your career so far?
Just having a little bit of game experience helps out a lot. Knowing what to expect and stuff like that will help me. I have learned a lot over the past couple years and that helps out.
What is your favorite part of Corvallis?
I don’t know; I don’t really go out that much. I go to the movies a lot, so I would probably have to say the movie theater.
Talk about your experience playing high school basketball.
I played guard and forward. I played varsity from my sophomore year through senior year.
You ran track and played basketball in addition to football in high school. Would you be doing either of those if you weren’t playing football?
I would probably be doing track if I didn’t play football in college.
Describe your induction into the San Diego Hall of Champions.
I think it was for an award at the end of the year for the high school football team. They do that every year. So we got to go to the Hall of Champions.
Which NFL player do you play the most like?
People say that I remind them of (Steve) Breaston off of the Arizona Cardinals, No. 15. Our bodies are similar and the way we move and run.
Who is your favorite NFL team?
The (San Diego) Chargers.
How did you feel about their draft?
I was really excited. I was juiced that B-Hughes (former Beaver Brandon Hughes) went to the Chargers.
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