Meet Cameron Collins
April 18, 2009
Cameron Collins not only excels as a member of the special teams unit, but he also stands out in the classroom as well. Last season Collins was the only freshman to receive the honor of Pacific-10 Academic First Team. He also became a member of the Oregon State Student Athletic Advisory Committee during this past year. Now that the new season is quickly approaching, Collins, the sophomore from Santa Monica, Calif., finally has his opportunity to play his way into the starting lineup as one of several up-and-coming safeties.
What’s it like being part of Student Athletic Advisory Committee?
I like it a lot. I am a new member to it this year, but I definitely like it a lot. You get to meet a lot of other sports members on the other teams. A lot of them are just as excited about school as they are their sport. I think it generates some good energy for the athletic field here at OSU. You get to be a part of the decision process.
Why Oregon State?
It was a long process when I was in high school, but Oregon State was the first school to offer me a scholarship, so I definitely felt some loyalty there. What sealed the deal was when I came up to the campus and spent some time in Corvallis and with the people. It was a real humbling experience meeting the football players. The football players here were some of the most humble players that I had met on any of my trips. I also liked the coaching staff as well.
What are you looking forward to this season?
The biggest thing I am looking forward to is trying to take a bigger role on the team. Hopefully I can be a bigger part of what we do. I am excited about trying to contribute a little more.
What do you enjoy outside of football?
I like watching movies and go bowling from time to time. I’m pretty regular. Not anything special, just a normal guy doing normal stuff.
Are there any safeties you try to model your game after?
The first people I thought of were the safeties that I have watched while I have been here. Daniel Drayton,who graduated a few years ago, and our safeties who left this year, Austin Hall, Al Afalava and Greg Laybourn. I definitely try to model myself after them. They are excellent players and excellent people as well.
If you could meet any one person, who would it be?
Probably Barack Obama. He is one of the most influential people of my time. He broke history and I just like his character.
You made Pac-10 Academic First Team as a freshman, what does school mean for you?
Education is one of the most important things that you are entitled to. Knowledge is definitely power. My parents raised me to believe that and to make my studies more important than anything else.
What should fans expect for this upcoming season?
Definitely a lot of excitement. We lost some really good players, but we also have the capability of bringing new guys up. Oregon State is one of the most exciting teams to watch out there. We have a lot of playmakers.
What’s it like playing for Coach Riley?
I love it. He is excellent. He is definitely one of the best coaches that I have ever met and I thankfully got the opportunity to play for him.
What was it like growing up in your hometown?
I have a couple of hometowns. I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey until I was about 14 years old. I was a pretty regular kid doing pretty regular stuff. I played recreational sports until I made the transfer to living in Santa Monica, Calif. for high school. That was a culture shock living in the inner city and realizing how big some of these cities can be, but it was definitely fun on both sides.
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