Student Profile: Mike O’Horo Quarterback

SVSU quarterback Michael O’Horo poses for a photo right before the teams game on Aug. 31, the first game of the year.
Vanguard Photo Editor | Justin Kruskie

On Friday, Sept. 8 Michael O’Horo, double majoring in marketing and economics and quarterback for the Saginaw Valley State University Football team sat down for an interview with The Valley Vanguard.

With both the Axe Bowl and first game of the season down, O’Horo was ecstatic to be back in the game for the 2023 football season.

“I was out last year, because I had to take an injury that made me unable to play, so I’m looking forward to being back, and compete again with my boys,” he said. “Playing football again is something that I’ve really been looking forward to, especially with the season beginning. I think this year we have a fantastic team, and I’m really excited to see how far we can go,” something he says is a common goal for not only himself, but for the entire SVSU football team.

O’Horo talks about goals, for the team, he says, “I think every year is the same– to go all the way [to the GLIAC Championships],” he explained. “I think personally, just being able to help the team in any way possible, no matter if it’s a lot or a little.”

O’Horo found himself interested in SVSU because of a variety of reasons and thinks back to his beginnings here at Saginaw Valley fondly.

“When I was on my [college] visits out of high school, you go to these different schools to see which one fits. It’s just that [SVSU] felt like the place that I felt like I needed to be,” he said. “The facilities are amazing, they have an amazing business school, and an amazing field for our home games. Everything fit and it felt like this truly was the right place when I was up here.”

After the Cardinals’ first game and win against Winona State, 34-24, O’Horo was looking forward to the upcoming games ahead, with a wide grin as the question was asked.

“I think we played well in the first half, as we had got up to 27 points, which was a great start and gave us a great advantage, but then we sort of seemed to leave off the gas. I think we’ve learned and grown a lot from the game, and it was a good first week to learn from,” he explained. “I think we’ll do some big things this year,” O’Horo mentions about attendance at the home games, “It will be a fun ride to be a part of, both fans and athletes alike.”

Students can receive their sports passes for any SVSU home sporting games for free, by checking out svsucardinals. com/information/specialtypasses. All SVSU students, faculty & staff, and first year alumni are eligible to receive complimentary admission to all home regular season athletic contests for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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