Feb. 27, 2014
Ryan O'Holleran played both defense and offense for the UC Davis football team during his career and was named the team's Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior. He graduated in December after majoring in communication but is still around campus, helping UC Davis Athletics with marketing and other outreach efforts. Throughout the rest of the year, he'll be introducing you to some of his teammates as we start revving up the engines for the 2014 season.
By Ryan O'Holleran
You never appreciate a kicker until you need one.
However, that does not seem to be the case with sophomore placekicker Brady Stuart. Stuart came within one field goal of tying the single-season school record (15) during his redshirt freshman year in 2012 and led the Aggies in scoring with 78 points. This brought some attention to the standout from Newhall, Calif., for the 2013 season. Not only did Stuart break the single-season school record with 17 field goals but also tied the single-game record when he booted four against North Dakota in November.
Stuart was twice named Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week and was a All-Big Sky third-team selection.
It's no secret then that he seems to be catching the eyes of Aggie fans everywhere.
But who is Brady Stuart? What does he do in his free time? And what are his hobbies? Well that's what I am here to tell you. Throughout the offseason, we will take a look into the off-the-field lives of the Aggie football team, coaches, and staff.
For those who have had the time to be around Stuart you realize pretty quickly that he is an outgoing and hardworking individual. Not just anyone can set an individual single-season record at UC Davis. But that doesn't come without a little bit of a genetic background. His father, Mike, set 18 records in high school which led him to a swimming scholarship at the University of California, Santa Barbra.
When asked "who nor what has been your greatest inspiration?" Stuart, without hesitation, stated "My family means everything to me and I look up to them for everything. They almost know me better than I do..."
Growing up as the youngest of six children, family has always provided him with the support he has needed.
Stuart isn't all just football. Once you step on campus it won't be long before you see him skateboarding around or playing the guitar. Stuart has been playing guitar since he was in eighth grade and enjoys playing not only by himself, but also with that large family of his. .
Stuart's plans after college are to give back in a special way. He wants to be a high school counselor and help kids who need his support. "Although it requires just a few more years of school, it would be worth it in the end.," he said.
Next up, I will be looking into the life of Gabe Manzanares, the Big Sky'sNewcomer of the Year, to learn about his journey from City College of San Francisco to UC Davis.