Meet Jovan Stevenson
May 1, 2009
Jovan Stevenson has never taken for granted the fact that he is receiving a scholarship to play football at Oregon State. Without this opportunity, he would probably not be playing the sport he loves most, football, let alone even going to college and receiving an education. During his entire life, he has always had football to fall back on when things got rough, and thanks to the coaching staff at Oregon State, he still has it in his life. He chose to sit down and to give some love back to the program that showed they had faith in him and his skills.
Tell Beaver Nation about yourself…
I love football. It’s life, it’s everything. I am a fun person who is always smiling and I am a go-getter. I love to go do things and to be challenged. I love it when things are not easy. I love the pain, its part of the game and part of life.
Why Oregon State?
They were the first school who contacted me and gave me a look. They let me know I was able to come and play at the next level. When Coach Cav came in that day to my school, it was a shock. It was nice to know someone was out there looking at me, especially since they weren’t even in my state. That was a big shock. They showed me love, so I had to show it right back.
It’s life. It has been here for me since kindergarten. It’s all I know. It’s more than family to me. It’s everything. It’s who I am.
What does having a scholarship mean to you?
When Coach Cav came in, I didn’t even think I would be able to play at the next level. I just thought I would be a high school player and that’s it. When they came and looked at me, it showed that someone was looking at me and that they saw something in me that I could bring to the next level. If it wasn’t for the scholarship, I wouldn’t be in college period.
Are there any running backs you look up to?
Right now it’s Quizz and McCants. They are the older ones; they have been here and have experienced the game time. When I’m not in, they quiz me and tell me things - like where I go on certain plays. Those two guys right there, and the whole running back group, is great.
What team are you looking forward to playing in the Pac-10?
Arizona and USC because I am from Arizona and USC is the powerhouse,so you always want to take them down. Also, Oregon because that is our big rival so you have to take them down.
If you weren’t a running back what would you be?
If I wasn’t a running back I would probably be a defensive back and get on the defensive side of the ball.
If you could change places with someone, who would it be?
It would have to be P. Diddy or Barack Obama because of the power they have and the respect they are given.
What are you looking forward to this season?
I am looking forward to some playing time and a great season. I want to see the big crowd. I have never really played in front of a big crowd like this. I want to get the feel of game experience again; the whole atmosphere, the whole football season. I just want to enjoy it.
Other than football, what do you enjoy?
I enjoy eating, working out, getting as much rest as I can, watching TV, just hanging out and relaxing. Not too much else.
What inspires you on and off the field?
All the struggles I have been through in life. It pushes me to keep moving. The progress I see from other players my age, I know I can do as well. Life pushes me to keep going every day; the challenge to keep fighting.
First job, what was it like?
I had a summer job at a Mexican restaurant. I was the busboy. I only did it for like 2-3 weeks. I figured I didn’t have to do it because I was going to college so it wasn’t for me. I experienced it and it wasn’t great.
What is your worse habit?
Probably biting my nails and smiling too much. I will smile at someone, but I won’t say anything to them.
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