Meet Ryan Katz
April 16, 2009
Ryan Katz is participating in his second spring football season after arriving on campus before anyone else in his recruiting class. Katz’s decision to graduate from high school early to join the Oregon State football program last spring made him the fourth player in school history to arrive early. During his redshirt season, Katz directed the scout team offense showing his power, strength and ability to put some zip on the ball, which makes him a strong candidate to take over the quarterback position during his sophomore season.
What were you looking for in a school?
I was looking for a place I could spend the next four or five years that had a good environment and somewhere I felt comfortable being.
What was the transition like from California to Oregon?
It was kind of a major transition weather wise. It was just one state above; I made that drive a couple times. The only transition was weather. Going from 65 degrees all the time to who knows what.
Any quarterbacks you try to fashion your game to be like?
I don’t really target my game after any quarterback, but growing up my favorite quarterback was John Elway. I watched some film on him and I liked his style.
What are you looking forward to this year?
I am looking forward to being able to go out there and compete. This is my second spring and with one year of the offense under my belt, I just want to go out there and play. Less thinking and more playing.
What should fans know about the team?
We have a hard working group of guys. Just like last year, there were a lot of guys who left and a lot of guys who need to step up and to fill spots. And just like last year, I think we are going to step up and fill those holes.
What motivates you on the field?
I get a lot of motivation from myself, my family and everyone back home. They are counting on me to make a name for myself and that is what I want to do.
Describe the fans of Beaver Nation?
The fans are great. They all show their support, which is a good thing.
A hard worker that is going to get the job done.
What is it like playing for Coach Riley?
Coach Riley is great. Just with his quarterback background and the quarterbacks he has put out there. Coach Riley was a really big reason I chose Oregon State. The way he develops his quarterbacks I think is a really good thing.
One place you have never been, but want to…
Somewhere in Florida. I have never been to Florida.
Favorite pro team?
Denver Broncos, hopefully we can get Mark Sanchez in the draft.
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