By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – In 2009, Charles Siddoway was the top high school prospect in the state of Oregon, set to take his talents to the University of California.
However, things changed two years into his stint in Berkley.
After appearing in three games as a redshirt freshman for the Bears in 2010, Siddoway left the program and transferred to Butte (Calif.) College, where he earned first team All-American honors.
The 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle found himself going through the recruiting process a second time and once again receiving offers from around the country. This time though Siddoway left the comforts of the west coast and signed with Mississippi State.
“It’s kind of crazy to think about how I got here but I’m glad I’m in Starkville,” Siddoway said. “Everything has turned out well. I’ve met a lot of good people who have helped me out. It was a good transition.”
Siddoway has started all 19 games at right tackle for the Bulldogs since arriving in the spring of 2012. The Eugene native credits his previous experience in the Pac-12 with helping him prepare for the rigors of starting right away in the Southeastern Conference.
“I knew what was necessary to be successful in a D-1 program coming in,” Siddoway said. “I had to go to juco for a while but when I got here it wasn’t like I was coming in from high school and wasn’t overwhelming for me. I was able to step in and felt comfortable already once I got here.”
MSU is 3-3 at the midpoint of the season with six conference games remaining on the slate. Siddoway feels the bye week was just what the Bulldogs needed to get ready for the second half of the schedule.
“I know we’ve stumbled a little bit but I feel like we’re going to pick it up from here on out,” Siddoway said. “We’ve been grinding hard at practice and in the weight room so we’re trying to pick it up and get some wins going.”
Coming to an end
Now a senior, Siddoway understands his time in college football is dwindling down. That is even more motivation for him to play well during the final month and a half of the regular season and is hopeful to get the Bulldogs back into a bowl game.
“I’ve always loved football but I know things are coming to an end,” Siddoway said. “I’ve only got seven games at the most left in college football and I definitely want to finish strong.”
Siddoway will have two online classes remaining during the spring semester before he receives his degree in criminology. He hopes to have a chance to play football at the next level and could pursue a career as a U.S. Marshal someday, but said he’d likely be headed back to the Pacific Northwest once his time in Starkville is complete.