Meet Rashaad Reynolds

May 18, 2010

Redshirt freshman Rashaad Reynolds is not only a talented football player but was a talented wrestler before coming to Oregon State. Earning plenty of honors for both sports in high school he is spending time adjusting to playing defensive after playing quarterback in high school. His love of football and respect for good coaching brought him to Oregon State and he hopes to show himself and his skills on the field next season.

What are your goals for next season?

'I want to come in and hopefully contribute to the team in any way that I can and do whatever is asked of me by the coaches.'

How did you get into football?'I actually started off wrestling and then my wrestling coach took to me to try out for football when I was about five, so I was pretty young.'

What was the recruiting process like and how did you make your decision?

'It wasn't that hectic for me but it was cool. I got to meet a lot of different people and really build relationships. I made my decision solely based on the coaches. They seemed like they were very down to earth guys and Oregon State felt special compared to every other place.'

What did you learn by redshirting?

'Football 101. I learned a lot about football that I didn't know but thought I knew before. I learned how much hard work can pay off in many different ways, not just on the field but off the field too.'

How was the transition from High School to Oregon State?

'At first it was a little hard but after the first term I got the hang of it, now it's cool.'

Is it difficult to juggle school and football?

'Not anymore, like I said, at first it was because I wasn't used to it and had never done it before at this level but once I got here, everything started to get better.'

What's it like playing for Coach Riley?

'It's fun. He's really fun. He's not one of those coaches that are going to really be on you but he cares about you and shows the players to follow him.'

What's the best part about being a collegiate athlete?

'Being able to do what I love, playing football.'

What has been your favorite class at OSU so far?

'Women in sports, I had a really good teacher.'

Do you have any hidden talents most people wouldn't expect?

'I can draw a little, but I keep that under wraps.'

How do you spend your free time?

'Hanging out with guys on the team, whether its video games like most guys, or watching TV. Mainly, I just hang out with the guys.'

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