Everyday Champion -- Sean Canfield
Sept. 17, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. -
“There will be redemption!”
Beaver senior quarterback Sean Canfield could be talking about evening the score against the Cincinnati Bearcats this Saturday at Reser Stadium. But, he isn’t. What he is talking about is squaring things with offensive coordinator and the resident chief prankster Danny Langsdorf.
You see, head coach Mike Riley hosts a summer barbecue at his house for the team every year and the Beavers All Access crew (see Sept. 2 edition) was there to capture the festivities. Canfield was pulled out of the crowd for on-camera interview – Langsdorf made sure it was a memorable one – with a classic pie to Canfield’s face.
Canfield took it philosophically as only a philosophy major would; he wasn’t rattled and continued on with his thoughts for the season.
The crafty left-hander will leave OSU as one of the top passers of all time, and who can argue that his tight spiral passes are John Elway like. But he will also leave with a degree in philosophy, as he has only one class remaining for fall term beginning Sept. 28.
Read the following Q&A to learn more about number 5:
Q. What was the impetus for you becoming a philosophy major?
A. “I gravitated towards philosophy because of a course I took as a freshman from instructor Lani Roberts, my current advisor, in 2005. Ever since that class I was really attracted to the field.”
Q. Has being a philosophy major changed the way you look at things?
A. “It has definitely changed my outlook on things. Philosophy majors think a lot, which is interesting because football is very extinctive and clear cut – the receiver is either open or he is not. Once you leave a philosophy class and head to the football field, you flip a switch. I have enjoyed both and no question philosophy has had a positive influence on my life.”
Q. Do you have a mentor?
A. “Professor Roberts and I are close. She has provided me an outlet for what I wanted to study and has been a tremendously positive influence in my life as well as a lot of my teammates. I have taken a lot of courses from Professor Roberts – she really focuses on ethics and morals – what is right, what is just – that’s what started me in philosophy.
Q. How have you grown as a person since you first arrived on campus in April of 2005?
A. “As a player I have grown, just with experience. Off the field I credit the coaching staff, especially Coach Riley. He really cares about the players off the field. He stresses what you need to do, where you are supposed to be, and that really relates to life. I realized a lot of what Coach Riley stresses when I was injured and after some tough losses.”
Q. If you could have written a script of your OSU life in April of 2005, what would it have looked like?
A. “I would have written it just like it has played out. I think it turned out great and the team has been successful. There were some tremendous lows when I first got here, but I’m so far ahead of where I was it is almost unimaginable.”
Q. Looking back, was leaving high school early (graduated in March of his senior year) a wise decision?
A. “It was a good decision for me; I got ahead of the learning curve as far as school and football, especially gaining the extra experience of spring football was a big help.”
Q. Were you nervous about leaving Carlsbad for OSU at a young age?
A. “It was hard leaving high school early; leaving my friends and family. But the benefits were getting adjusted to college life and the schedule, which I was happy to do.”
Q. What has life at OSU been like for you?
A. “School has been great, football has been great, and I’ve met a lot people. Oregon State has been an overwhelmingly positive experience. There have been a lot of people who have surrounded me who have good intentions which I’m very appreciative of. The entire team knows just how lucky we are to have the coaching, academic and weight training staffs that we do.”
Q. When you host a recruit, what do you tell them about the school and the football program?
A. “I’m straight forward with them; I know there are people who sugar coat things. I tell them it rains, but I also tell them it’s a great college atmosphere and college town. The football program is very family oriented under Coach Riley.”
Q. What kind of relationship do you have with Coach Riley?
A. “It’s a lot stronger than when I first got here, and that really is important that a coach and the quarterback have a strong relationship. He’s been one of the biggest influences in my life; I’m really fortunate to have him as a head coach.”
Q. You had other opportunities for a scholarship to other schools, what sold you about Oregon State?
A. “I took an unofficial (NCAA rules) trip to Oregon State in the summer and I liked the area. When I met the coaching staff, saw the highlight tape and met the academic people I knew this was the place for me.”
Q. What was your initial reaction to learning that your teammates had selected you as team captain?
A. “Excited and honored. It’s a big deal to me. One of the biggest things you want is to be respected by your teammates.”
Q. What kinds of aspirations do you have for playing at the next level?
A. “I have dreamed about playing at the next level since I was a little kid; pretty much my whole life has been geared towards doing that. If I get the opportunity I will pursue it.”