Meet Ryan Pohl

July 14, 2009

After starting against USC and Stanford last year, Ryan Pohl is now competing for the starting position on the offensive line with two guys who have yet to play for the Beavers, Michael Lamb and Brent McNeil. Even though he has yet to be named the official starter, he has the early lead on the starting spot and is optimistic that the Oregon State football team as a whole will be tough competitors during the next season and that a trip to the Rose Bowl is not out of reach.


Hows the battle for the left guard sport going?


Its an exciting one. Its kind of unfortunate that Mike Lamb was injured (during the spring) and Brent McNeil was dealing with off the field things. Its going to drag on into the fall camp so Im going to try hard this summer and get ready for that.


Whats it like being in the competition for that spot with having a few starts under your belt?


It doesnt really mean anything to me. Ive yet to prove myself for the whole season so were all on an even field.


What was it like having those two starts at USC and at Stanford in 2007?


It felt good but unfortunately I got hurt in the SC game so I couldnt keep going.


Hows life off the field?


Its busy with school. Thats all I have right now in my life, football and school. After (practice) Ill eat dinner and then go to the library and get home pretty late. Ill just get up and do it all again.


Why did you pick radiation health physics for a major?


I was intrigued by it; it was interesting. Going into it I didnt really know that much about it, but Im into sciences and that kind of stuff; so far I like it a lot.


What was it like as a kid being born in the Philippines?


I dont remember anything (about living there), I was a military kid and I moved when I was one-year-old or something like that. I dont remember it at all.


How often did you move around as a military kid?


Not very often; I grew up in Hawai’i. When my dad got stationed there back when I was in elementary school he decided to retire and my brother and I grew up there.


How is it playing for Coach Riley?


Its really good, I know youve heard this before but hes a players coach. Hes a good guy to be around and hang out with. Hes a good coach too, he knows his stuff.


Whats it like playing for Coach Cavanaugh?


Thats good too (laughs). He really lights a fire under you if you know what I mean. Hes always there to push you, even if you dont feel like pushing yourself, hes pushing you. He never takes a day off.


Why football?


Back in grade school I tried a lot of different activities like soccer, I even tried the whole track thing for a little while, but football was what I was best at. It was the most fun.


If not on the offensive line then what would you want to play?


Thats a good question. I probably would want to play quarterback to have control of the ball and to be able to make reads and to be “The Man.”


What kind of expectations, personally and as a team, do you have for next year?


Just take it one step at a time personally. I need to get stronger this off season and faster. I want to hit the books more. I want to know everything like the back of my hand. For the team were still focused on the Rose Bowl. Its a great year for us; I think our team has a lot of potential.


Anything you want to tell Beaver Nation?


Were working hard and it should be a good show this year so get your tickets.




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