Oregon State LB Keaton Kristick is the leader of the defense. He’s not the rah-rah type of guy, but more of the lead-by-example person.
After three games Kristick leads the team in tackling with 22, and is tied for sixth place in the Pac-10 at 7.3 a game. His eight solo ties him with the team lead with S Cameron Collins and LB Keith Pankey.
Kristick has been active around the ball with a spectacular INT last game, and a pass breakup. He has been showing his old RB moves from high school when he returned the pick for 14 yards and a fumble recovery 18 yards.
“It’s my senior season and I’m trying to make the most of it,” Kristick said.
However, he’s not happy with his performance, yet. He feels the defense and he will get better together.
“Not so much,” Kristick of if his likes how he’s playing. “I’d like our team to do more. At the same time I can see myself do more. I get nervous out there. But it will pick as will the defense will.”
Kristick has a great sense of humor. It’s subtle. We talked about his leadership role, and he’s comfortable with the title. Then I mentioned him being the face of the defense nationally.
“Me being the face of the defense doesn’t say much about the defense looks-wise,” he said.
There was a pause by him, waiting to see if I got the joke. I did but I played it straight. Then I smirked and he busted up laughing.
That’s just the way he is. He’ll be funny, and laugh to himself because most people don’t get his humor right away.
And on a side note, Kristick said on his Twitter page that he’s getting a lot of work on his groin. I saw him practicing Wednesday, so he should be good to go for the game.
The above video is of CB James Dockery and DT Stephen Paea talking defense going into Saturday’s game with Arizona. There could have been 30 minutes of video if I could get it all in. Dockery will have a great career as a public speaker.
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