Adam Rothenfluh is in the Hot Corner!

April 28, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. - Hot Corner with Adam Rothenfluh

Candace Zepp, a student intern in the sports information office, had an opportunity recently to speak with senior quarterback Adam Rothenfluh. Rothenfluh has been a member of the football program since 2000 after arriving on campus from Union High School in Fresno.

By Candace Zepp, OSU Sports Information Office

CZ: Is it Fluh Season yet?

AR: (laughs) I don't know...that name was given to me, I don't really claim it, but let's, it's not. Maybe we'll see in the fall.

CZ: What's it like being from Fresno and seeing the Fresno State/Oregon State rivalry develop - and play for the other side?

AR: It's really embarrassing to go down there and have lost both times I ever went. I take a lot of heat when I go home. I was glad we beat them up here, though. It turned into a really big rivalry amongst the fans, so I would say it's a very fun rivalry.

CZ: Would you rather be playing baseball?

AR: Actually, I enjoyed playing baseball more than anything during high school. All of my scholarship opportunities came from football, though. It's hard to say, because I enjoy both sports. I think I'm glad to play football, because of the teammates I have and the people I've met. It's been a great experience.

CZ: You're graduating this term, when you look back after this season, what are you going to take with you?

AR: I would say mostly the teammates I've gotten to know. I've become best friends with Kanan Sanchez, Pat Loney and Dwight Wright. We play golf together all the time...but it's great to have such good friends like that. I came into the dorms and didn't know anybody, and other people were in the same boat - so we started off as really good friends.

CZ: What do the words 'pine tar' mean to you?

AR: Is this a trick question? You're talking about baseball bats, right?

CZ: Yes. Good old pine tar. Is that the best smell ever?

AR: I don't really remember what it smells like. Am I missing something?

CZ:, I was just going to propose to you if you loved it as much as I do. But, I will move on!

CZ: When you played ball, were you superstitious? Ever step on the chalk?

AR: Hmm, well I always wore my pant legs down when I pitched, and pulled up when I was out in the field. Other players were way more superstitious.

CZ: Did any of your little superstitions carry over into other sports?

AR: I don't know, I try to do the same routine every time, but I don't think I am superstitious...especially in football. Baseball players take the cake on that one. I would say though, that Derek and I never go to each other's houses before a game. His parents live in Seattle now, and so when we went to UW I went over to his house and then we played poorly. Same thing when we played down in Fresno, he came to my house for dinner. Then we played poorly. We decided to never go over to each other's houses, so that is one big superstition.

CZ: If you could visit any time in history, where would you go and why?

AR: Oh, man. I don't know; I wouldn't have wanted to live through any of our wars or anything...

CZ: Well, what about ancient history?

AR: I would like to see Ancient Rome, like the movie Gladiator. I want to see the Coliseum, and when they fought the lions and stuff. That would be really cool.

CZ: Who has had the most influence on your life?

AR: My parents, even though it's clich�. My dad taught me everything about sports; he put the ball in my hands and coached me. He also taught me how to be a man. My mom is probably the most giving, selfless person I've ever known. She was a great example for me.

CZ: Who is the best manager in baseball?

AR: I like Bobby Cox (Braves).

CZ: Why?

AR: We got terrible cable growing up, but TBS was one of the channels so I always watched the Braves. And that's how I got to know Bobby Cox as a manager.

CZ: What ballpark would you most like to visit?

AR: Yankee Stadium, I've never been there and I think it would be awesome. I've been to Pac Bell, the Oakland Coliseum and Dodger Stadium...basically most of the California parks.

Spring Football Notes: The final spring practice will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday (April 28). The spring game will take place at 1 p.m. Sat., May 1 at Reser Stadium.

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