Meet Joe Halahuni

March 31, 2009

Joe Halahuni took the long road to arrive on the FieldTurf carpet of Reser Stadium. First a late arrival to school as a greyshirt ... then a season as a redshirt ... mix in a knee injury and Halahuni wasn’t available to the Beavers’ coaching staff until midway through last season. But none of that slowed Halahuni from having an impact on OSU’s offense once he stepped onto the field. He has adapted to a fullback/H-back role using his powerful blocking skills to open holes in the running game and even hauled in a touchdown reception in the Civil War. The sophomore from Orting, Wash. sat down during his lunch break to let Beaver Nation get to know him a little better.

What did you do during the Learning Through Excellence during your Spring Break this year?

We went to Newport and interviewed people in the Siletz community and in the Newport community. We spoke with fishermen, the mayor of Newport and people in the council in the Siletz Tribe, and then we had discussions about it. It was a cool experience and I learned a lot of stuff that I didn’t really know about. We learned about wave energy and how that affects the environment, and about different jobs in the community. The Siletz have these shows that they put on and they are open to the public even though they don’t advertise them. I think I am going to go to one in June.

What does it mean to be the first person since 1967 to get a scholarship to a division I school from your high school?

It’s pretty cool. I didn’t really know that until my coach told me in high school, but it’s pretty cool. It’s pretty rare in my community. My community loved it. It was kind of weird, but I was really thankful for it. It was nice to show that people in a small school can still get the same opportunities.

Why Oregon State?

I love the coaches; I love the environment; I love the community; I love the people on the team. I just love everything about it.

Who will win the Super Bowl in 2010?

Oh, the Seahawks for sure.

Any superstitions?

Not really, but when I walk, I try not to step on lines. I try to step in the squares. I guess that’s about it. I don’t really have any superstitions.

What is your favorite NBA team?

I have a few. Since the Sonics are gone, I guess the Oklahoma City Thunder right now. I just have favorite players like Ray Allen. I like the way he shoots, and I like the way he plays. He played for Seattle, so I was a huge fan of him when he came there.

What has surprised you about Oregon State?

Football did. Just the way people communicate with each other. People are more like family here. Before I got here I was told that it is more like a family at Oregon State, but I didn’t really expect it to be like this with everyone getting along and being in such a great environment.

What team are you looking forward to playing the most next season?

Washington and USC because I grew up being a UW fan and I love playing against them, I was really excited to play against them last year too. I’m looking forward to USC because I am excited to play in the Coliseum; that should be a great experience.

What should Oregon State fans expect for this upcoming season?

They should expect a Pac-10 Championship.

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