Nall: Give 100%, show you are the best
Ryan Nall stands out at Oregon State Football practices, not because of his play, but because of his demeanor. The Oregon native can always be seen smiling, ear to ear, enjoying every minute of his first year in a Beavers uniform. “I love it so much,” said Nall when asked about his passion for football. “Just getting to be our here on Saturdays…you don’t get that opportunity in a lot of places, so I’m just so happy and thankful that I am out here.”
Nall calls himself a “hyper big-kid,” and hopes his fun-loving attitude can help his teammates relax ahead of facing Portland State on Saturday. As for that game, Nall is looking forward to getting to see the field for the first time in his college career. “Personal expectations, obviously, are to get on the field. Whether it’s special teams, H-Back, running back, it doesn’t matter to me. I hope to, and I want to get on the field Saturday.”
Nall has a drive to get on the field, but he knows he has work to do to climb up the depth chart. The 6’2” running came to OSU as a top recruit in the state of Oregon. He was named Oregon’s Prep Football Player of the Year his senior season, after rushing for 1,684 yards and 22 touchdowns for Central Catholic. He was voted first-team All-Sate on both offense and defense, and he led Central Catholic to its first state title in 60 years.
Regardless of all those accolades, and his great talent, Nall says the transition from high school to college has been “crazy.” “The level of competition at this level is insane. I mean, everyone is go-go-go-go-go, it’s nonstop, and everyone is competing like crazy.”
The intensity and athleticism of those around him may have greatly increased, but it was exactly what Nall wanted when he decided to attend Oregon State. “It’s what I expected, and I love it. I love the game. I love the level of competition and everything.”
It is obvious that Nall loves suiting up everyday. The smile tells us that. But in his short time as a Beaver, he has already learned a few lessons that will make that desire to succeed even greater. One of them; always give your best. “Ryan Murphy, he came in and talked to us as a freshmen group…his read shirt year he laid everything out on the line…he went 100% and he said that thus far it has paid off for him.”
Nall intends to use those words of wisdom, give his all, and hopefully make an impact in his first year on campus. He knows all he has to do is work his tail off, and the rest will work itself out. In his short time on campus, the vets have told him so. “Don’t take anything for granted,” Nall said when asked what he has learned from his peers, “go hard on every rep. Every chance you get, go hard and show that you are the best one out there.”
Nall is ready for whatever roll awaits him come Saturday, and regardless of whether he is on the field or on the sideline, you can be sure he is enjoying it. Want proof? Just look for the player with the biggest smile.