Meet Justin Engstrom
June 2, 2009
Justin Engstrom has spent most of his time at Oregon State learning either in class or on the football field. He learned the secret to being a successful student-athlete quickly, which is being able to ask for help when needed and time management. Now in his redshirt sophomore year, Engstrom is ready to roll both on the turf and in the classroom.
What did you do during your redshirt year?
Redshirting gave me a chance to help the defense become better because I was going up against our starters and trying to prepare them for who they would be going up against that week. I was just trying to prepare them. My redshirt year I spent a lot of time doing the other teams plays, so I didn’t have much of an opportunity to learn our plays because most of practice I was running the opponents plays and trying to imitate them. It was a slow process my redshirt year learning our offense.
How was last season as a learning experience?
Last season was a big learning time. That’s when I absorbed the most and made my progress. I got in against Hawai’i in the preseason and then I got in one play when Lyle [Moevao] went down against Stanford. I also got in at the end of UCLA. It was a blast. I was really excited to get into those games.
How important are academics to you?
It’s definitely something I try to keep up on. Through high school that was a big thing for me too. I feel like that is part of what has gotten me here; staying on top of my school work as well as being able to play.
Is it difficult being a student-athlete?
Yeah. It’s so many hours of football each week combined with so many credits, it keeps you busy. I have had some help with a few tutors and it’s just time management and knowing that when practice is done I have to go home and get on the books and get it done so I can go to bed. It’s just time management.
Why Oregon State?
I really liked the coaching staff here. They made me feel welcomed and I was familiar with the school. It just seemed like a good fit for me.
Tell fans something interesting about yourself…
I like playing ‘Call of Duty’ online with some of my teammates.
Who are you in a nutshell?
I am a pretty down to Earth guy that can relate to everyone and gets along well with the people around me.
What do you enjoy outside of football?
I like being outdoors. I really like fishing, going camping and just hanging out with my buddies. Since spring ball is done I have more time now, but summer time is when I get to go on a couple of camping trips and just relax.
Do you have a favorite camping spot?
My favorite place is Lost Lake. I can go do some fishing up there and just camp out. It’s fun.
Why exercise and sports science?
Last term I changed my major to exercise and sports science. I started out with business because it was general and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do yet and then I figured out it wasn’t the right path. I’m in the fitness and nutrition branch of the exercise and sports science program. I feel like that fits my life style right now because I am always trying to watch what I am eating, trying to stay healthy and working out, so I thought that would be fun and I am liking it so far.
What do you want to do with that degree?
I’m still not sure, but I think it would be kind of cool to work with a team and work with the athletes with their diets as well as their fitness. A college team would be cool to work with.
Do you have a favorite football movie?
‘Rudy’ is one of the best football movies. He starts out at the bottom and works his way up and becomes a player.
What should fans expect for next season?
They should expect me to be ready to go in there whenever I am called. I will be supporting Sean (Canfield) and Lyle (Moevao) if he gets in the mix; I will be supporting them all the way, but I will be ready to roll.
What’s the best part about being a Beaver?
The atmosphere. Everyone treats everybody well.
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