Steven Jackson Meets The Press

Nov. 11, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

TALK ABOUT WHAT IT'S GOING TO BE LIKE SATURDAY ON SENIOR DAY. YOU'VE GOT A COUPLE GUYS WHO ARE SENIORS AND ARE PLAYING THEIR FINAL GAME (AT HOME), AND OF COURSE, NOBODY KNOWS WHAT YOUR SITUATION IS GOING TO BE, BUT JUST TALK ABOUT THE EMOTIONS ON SATURDAY.

'It will be very emotional. Richard (Seigler) and Dwan (Edwards) and those guys have done a lot for this program and are one of the main reasons I'm here myself. It's going to be very emotional. It does a lot for us. Stanford is winning and they're coming in pretty confident, so it should make for a great game.'

WHAT ABOUT YOUR TEAM - YOU MOVED UP IN THE STANDINGS LAST WEEK WITHOUT EVEN PLAYING, AND THIS WEEK YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO MOVE UP EVEN HIGHER.

'I've been having a blessed season - I've been doing pretty well. I anticipate Stanford trying to stop the run early, so if we get the O-Line going early, hopefully Derek can come out like he did against Arizona.'

HAS IT BEEN DIFFICULT WITH A COUPLE BYE WEEKS NOW AND YOU HAVE ANOTHER ONE COMING UP - IS IT HARD TO GET INTO A RHYTHM THIS SEASON BECAUSE OF THAT?

'Yeah it is. I hope they never do this again. Whoever makes the schedule - don't do this again please. As you get to rolling in the season, you start to pick up on the pace and start to play at a certain level. Then you have that bye week and I think guys get relaxed.'

ARE YOU WORRIED BECAUSE (FOLLOWING) THE LAST BYE WAS PROBABLY THE WORST GAME OREGON STATE'S PLAYED (THIS SEASON) AGAINST WASHINGTON. IS THIS WEEK A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT?

'It's a little bit different. We know the circumstances; we know we need to go 3-0 and finish out the conference and hopefully get to eight or nine wins and make it to the highest bowl possible.'

WHEN THE SENIORS ARE INTRODUCED, ARE YOU GOING TO BE PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO HOW THEY'RE GREETED ON THE FIELD, NOT KNOWING WHAT YOUR SITUATION IS GOING TO BE?

'No, I'm just treating this as my last home game of my junior year. That's how I'm treating it and that's how I'm going to take it. I want to go out and hopefully have another great performance. We need the fans to come out and root for us in Eugene and at the Coliseum - the season's not over (on Saturday), and I think we're going to finish strong.'

CAN YOU SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT Richard Seigler, WITH BOTH OF YOU BEING FROM LAS VEGAS AND WHAT HE'S MEANT TO THE PROGRAM AND WHAT HE'S DONE THIS YEAR?

'When I think of Richard, I think he's arguably, in my career, the best linebacker to come through (Oregon State). You do have Nick Barnett and you do have James Allen, but I think Rich does so much for the school. He has such charisma and his attitude - he really fires the guys up. I think he's a great leader. He even gets us going in practice.'

LOOKING AT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE TEAM DIDN'T PLAY LAST WEEK AND YOU MOVED UP IN THE STANDINGS, DO YOU ALLOW YOURSELF ANY DREAMING, AT ALL, ABOUT 'HEY, IF YOU WIN OUT, WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN?' IF THINGS FELL A CERTAIN WAY, YOU COULD STILL BE IN THE ROSE BOWL.

'I think so. It all starts this week.'

IS THE MUSTACHE AND GOATEE NEW?

'Yeah, I've got a little dirt on my face. My mom hasn't seen it yet.'

WHAT WAS YOUR IMPRESSION OF THE OREGON STATE PROGRAM GROWING UP?

'Actually, I didn't know anything about Oregon State. I received my first letter, and I still didn't know anything about them. I remember seeing the Oregon State-Washington game on TV when (OSU) lost by three in their first loss of the season (2000). I just kept up with them. They finished 11-1 and coach Erickson had those guys rolling. I'd seen him on TV when he was with the Seahawks, and I thought, 'Man, maybe this school is for real.'.'

YOU HAVE HELPED CHANGE (THE OSU FOOTBALL PROGRAM) TOO, BUT HOW HAS THE SENIOR CLASS - WITH POSSIBLY FOUR BOWLS IN FIVE YEARS, FOR THE FIFTH-YEAR SENIORS - CHANGED THE PERCEPTION OF THIS PROGRAM?

'I think they brought pride back into this program. I think they were a breath of fresh air in this community. They did a lot for recruiting and they did a lot for the community and making people glad to be an Oregon State alum.'

YOU'VE HAD ALMOST A FULL YEAR OF PLAYING FOR COACH RILEY - HAS IT BEEN ENJOYABLE PLAYING FOR MIKE? IS HE A LOT DIFFERENT THAN DENNIS?

'Yeah. Coach Riley is a lot different, but they're both tremendous competitors and they're both teachers in their own way. Coach Erickson taught us a lot about the air (attack) and coach Riley does a lot with the run. But they're both great coaches, and I'm glad I've been able to play for both of them.'

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