Everyday Champion -- Gregg Peat

Oct. 30, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. -


 

“The greatest honor of my life.”

 

That’s how Oregon State University senior football student-athlete Gregg Peat describes his feeling when he first learned that he was elected by his compatriots as a co-team captain.

 

“I’m humbled that my teammates think so much of me,” Peat said. “I hope I’m the leader they expected me to be on and off the field.”

 

No doubt he is.  The Mission Viejo, Calif., native has started a team-high 21 straight games at offensive guard and has helped the Beaver offense, and more specifically running back Jacquizz Rodgers, attain some gaudy numbers.

 

For Peat, though, it’s more than just how many yards “Quizz” rushes for or Sean Canfield’s completion percentage, it’s about using the opportunity to play college football and earn a scholarship to better himself.

 

Peat, a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection owns a 3.65 cumulative GPA in business accounting, is well on his way to being another standout OSU graduate who will make his home in the Pacific Northwest.  In fact, he is six weeks away from taking his last final.

 

“I’m making Oregon my home.  I love Oregon, I love Corvallis and I love `Beaver Nation.’ I don’t see myself ever leaving this beautiful state,” Peat said.  “I have a couple of very good job offers in Portland if the next level of football doesn’t work out.”

 

So, is this transplanted Californian truly an Oregonian now at heart?

 

“I’m definitely staying connected to the University in the future,” Peat said.  “Coming to Oregon State University has been the best experience of my life.  My education, football experience and having a great coaching staff has really worked out well for me. I appreciate everything that people have done for me – it’s been a great experience.”

 

 

Please continue on to a question and answer with Gregg:

 

 

Q. Look back to your freshman year, what do remember about your first day of class?

 

A.   I remember being a little overwhelmed.  There were so many people on campus.  I had been here for a few weeks for football, so I wasn’t new to Corvallis, but I remember being pretty nervous and excited at the same time to see what my college experience was going to be like.

 

Q. Was it hard for you to leave Southern California for Oregon?

A. I made the decision early, so it wasn’t too hard.  It was a good decision to leave.  I wanted something different.

 

Q. Do you have a mentor on campus, and if so, what kinds of things did he or she help you with?

A. The quality of our coaching staff helps us get through the football part and being a student-athlete.  As far as my academics go, there have been two people that have mentored me during my transition from high school to college -- Larry Brown and Roger Graham in the accounting department.

 

Q. What led you to the business accounting major?

A. I took some intro to accounting classes and I excelled at those, so that is what ultimately led me to this field.  I thought to myself initially that I could see myself doing this for a career, and after talking to some advisors, they agreed.

 

Q. Has anything surprised you about OSU?

A. One of the biggest things is that everyone is so open and nice here, which is different than Southern California.  Oregon State is very friendly and welcoming, which made my transition a lot easier than it could have been.

 

Q. What has it been like playing for Mike Riley?

A. The best of both worlds.  Coach Riley is a great guy, very nice, and he is there for you for anything on and off the field.

 

Q. In a nutshell, describe offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh?

A. Coach Cavanaugh is a great, great coach.  He makes you earn his respect and we appreciate that.  He’s hard on us at times, but we know he loves us, and we love him.

 

Q. You are the only senior on the line, what do you see for the unit next year?

A.  It’s a good thing that I’m the only senior, because that means everybody will be back next year.  I think the other four guys have done a tremendous job; we’re a very young group with a bunch of guys ready to step up.  I’m looking for big things from this group in the future.

 

Q. What has it been like playing for Beaver Nation?

A. It’s been a great experience.  The games are nuts, everybody shows up, it really gets us fired up to see so many fans.  The great thing about Beaver Nation is when I go home to Southern California I see people wearing Oregon State shirts.  When I wear mine they ask if I play football; they are always very supportive.

 

Q. What’s it like blocking for “Quizz” Rodgers?

A. It’s a great feeling when he goes by us.  He’s very shifty; he knows how we block and we know how he runs; it’s a great combination.  He finds the lanes; if we finish our blocks, typically he will find the goal line.

 

Q. Do you have a favorite game?

A.  My favorite game is without question when we beat USC at Reser Stadium last year.  The whole atmosphere was amazing; you could see it in my teammates eyes that everyone was focused on the job to be done. That was the best moment in my playing career.

 

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