Meet Colin Kelly
July 31, 2009
Colin Kelly has two important dreams he wants to achieve while at Oregon State. The first one is to obtain the skills to become a high school history teacher and to teach students about World War I and II, and the second is to secure a trip to the Rose Bowl. After redshirting during his freshman year, Kelly hopes to help lead his team to a Pacific-10 Conference title.
What did you learn by redshirting?
Mainly I learned that the whole speed of the game was different. The technique is a big deal and the whole terminology compared to high school and college is completely different. I am definitely better prepared now. There is so much to learn. It's hard to say you can learn everything in two years because there are still a lot of different things you need to know.
Why Oregon State?
Honestly, when I went on my recruiting trip it seemed more like a family here because they want you to succeed in not only sports, but in school. I thought it was interesting because compared to the other coaches that were recruiting me, Riley came to my house and I thought that meant he really wanted me to come here and he showed interest in me.
What is one thing every offensive lineman needs to know?
I would say by judging by what I have learned here, it gets harder as you go. Originally I was a tight end and I would line up with the wide receiver. This is my second year of just being an offensive lineman. I learned a lot. I like it, it's hard, but it's good.
What motivates you on and off the field?
I love to play the game and I don't like watching, so what really motivates me is wanting to play. For how far I have gone and to be one of the first people to come out of my high school and to go to a Pac-10 school, getting a scholarship was a huge deal and I don't want to lose that ever. So that helps to motivate me and my family helps to motivate me.
What do you enjoy outside of football?
I used to play basketball a lot, so sometimes I play basketball with my friends and I like to hang out and have relaxation time and time to myself. Football and school is like a full-time job so you don't get a lot of time.
How do you manage being a student-athlete?
You have to do as much as you can during the day because after practice you are pretty tired along with everyone else so it is hard to do a lot of homework then. You start the day by going to class and then you have football and you still have to do homework at the end of the day. You just have to find time to relax and settle down and work hard in school.
Who is going to win the Super Bowl next year?
The New York Giants.
Why do you want to be a history teacher?
History really interests me and I can adapt to that easier compared to doing math all the time. I want to be a high school history teacher so I could coach football or basketball later on. I would probably want to teach either freshmen or sophomores.
What section of history do you enjoy the most?
I like World War II and World War I. That area right there; I like U.S. history.
Is there a certain time you would want to go back during?
It would be pretty interesting to go back during the western times with the Wild West.
You have played several different positions, which one did you enjoy the most?
The O-Line isn't a real glorified position. The only thing that motivates you is to help your team and to help the quarterback and running back, but tight end was really good. There is nothing like catching the ball and hearing the roar of the crowd. It's definitely an adrenaline rush.
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