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Saturday's game against Arizona State is senior day for the Oregon State football team.

The Beavers have 16 seniors on their roster and those players will be honored at the game.

For receiver Jordan Villamin it will be a bittersweet moment.

"It's a little tough. It really hasn't sunk in yet," Villamin said. "I haven't really thought about it being the last home game, it's more like the last game my mom gets to see me play here in Oregon so that's probably the thing I'm focused on. She's not going to the Civil War, so that will probably be the last (time) she'll see me in Reser, which is a little bittersweet at the same time."

Villamin entered the season with high expectations. He had 35 catches for 578 yards and six touchdowns and 43 receptions for 660 yards and five scores as a freshman and sophomore, respectively.

He had 21 catches for 253 yards and one score last season and was determined to make more of an impact. He has 25 catches for 296 yards and one TD so far this season.

"I've reached some (goals)," Villamin said. "Obviously, there's others I'd like to acheive out there, but it is what it is. So I'm just excited to be with my teammates more than anything."

Time has gone a little quicker than Villamin expected.

"Last year went by pretty quick, but I would say this year is probably the quickest by far," he said. "I remember just the other day we had five games, six games left and now it's only two. This is the last home game. So it's tough. It's just gone by quicker than you expect it to."

Villamin wants a shot at the NFL and said he's probably going to start training for pro day and workouts with NFL teams.

If he doesn't stick, he said he will most likely head to Atlanta and work for his uncle, who is an entrepreneur.

Villamin said playing last year with some of the seniors he came to OSU with was fun.

"There's a lot of moments to choose from," he said. "I just wish we had longer, wish we had a couple more games to make something happen."

Senior defensive end Titus Failauga said when the end of a college football career comes, you never think it was going to come this quick.

"But time's ending and my last football season is almost over so I'm just trying to make the best of it and have fun," Failauga said. "I appreciate my years here. It was a blessing, it got me opportunities and I'm just thankful for everything, so I'm good."

With Arizona State and Oregon remaining, Failauga wants to get the most out of those last two games.

"You never know if this is the last practice. Every practice goes by, you could get hurt at any time," Failauga said. "You've just got to be thankful for everything. So I'm just thankful for my last two games. They could be my last two games I ever play organized football, so I've just got to make the best of it."

Failauga said his favorite moment was actually every time he got on the field in front of the Oregon State fans.

He loved playing in front of packed houses, with everyone cheering for the Beavers.

"When the fans pack out that stadium, our home stadium, it's a great thing to have is people behind you, supporting you through thick and thin," he said. "So I appreciate the fans when I'm out on the field in home games, and even away games I appreciate the fans."

Failauga also wants a crack at pro football.

If that doesn't work out, he just might join the Navy.

"I heard good things about the Navy and hopefully they could pay for my masters degree in the end," he said. "That would be good."


Sports Reporter

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