Meet Obum Gwacham
April 22, 2010
When Obum Gwacham is not on the football field you can usually find him with his head in a book, with friends or training. This young man is not short on any athletic abilities and definitely not in height. At 6-foot-5 he is not hard to spot out on the field and his lengthy arms always have a way of finding the ball. Not starting football until his freshman year of high school did not hold him back in the game and he hopes to make a big impact this year. We will likely be seeing his impact not only on the football field but as California's fifth best high jumper last year his talents go beyond the football field.
What was it about the coaching staff drew you to Oregon State?
'It was really family oriented here and Coach Riley and the other coaching staff just seemed like really good people that I'd want to be around for these next couple of years.'
What's it like playing for Coach Locey?
'Oh my gosh. He is one of the greatest guys ever. He's trying to teach me how to do all of these things, trying to help me get better, trying to help me get on the field quicker. I have the utmost respect for him.'
What are your goals for next season?
'I hope to be able to do what I can to contribute to the team.'
What been the biggest adjustment on the field for you?
'Learning the play book to begin with, because I have to know what I have to do when I get out there. Sometimes I don't but that's what the coaches are there for.'
Is there anyone in the football realm you model yourself after, or look up to as a significant inspiration in the sport?
'Probably most of the other receivers on the team, just about every one of them. The older guys because they're teaching me how to do most of the stuff that we're doing out there.'
You're very successful academically, what advice would you give to others about keeping their grades up while juggling other commitments?
'You just have to do it. Don't fall behind because that's one of the problems I have. When I fall behind in school it's always hard to make it up. Just keep doing what you have to do, keep grinding and don't fall behind. That's what my brother always tells me.'
You were among the top five high jumpers in California; do you hope to continue competing in track here at Oregon State?
'Oh yes. After football season ends I think we have Pac-10's and NCAA's if I make it. I'm not done with high jumping yet.'
What is your favorite thing about OSU?
'The players on this team. I love being around them.'
What's the best part about being a collegiate athlete?
'So many kids look up to you and I kind of like that. Most of them don't even know me yet but they see this tall guy out there.'
What does having a football scholarship mean to you?
'It means the world. I can't mess that one up. To me it just means this is the one shot I got so I can't mess that up and I have to be careful and have a good time out there.'
What do you hope to do after college?
'I haven't even thought about that yet but I'll probably continue going to school.'
Do you have a favorite instructor?
'Tucker. Tucker Readdy, that's my favorite guy.'
How has your transition to Oregon been?
'It's been kind of hard. I'm from southern California where it's always sunny and coming over here where it rains like 98% of the time or at least it seems like it. I just wear a rain coat and sweats every day. I think the weather adjustment has been the hardest thing.'
Is there a special meaning behind your name?
'It means 'Son of God'.'