Profile: Yvenson Bernard

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

Yvenson Bernard is the second best rusher in Oregon State football history.

He might also be the second best rusher in his family.

The rookie Bomber running back has a younger brother, Giovanni, who is garnering quite a bit of attention south of the border.

"He's getting recruited everywhere," Bernard said. "Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Florida State, Miami ... we don't know where the hell he's going. He's big time."

The younger Bernard, who is going into his Grade 12 year in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and wears No. 26 like his big brother, is going to wait to make a decision under Yvenson's orders.

That's about the only wisdom Yvenson imparts to his kid brother, though.

"I'm learning some things from him now," he said with a laugh.

"You wouldn't know he played football. He's so humble."

Yvenson, 24, must have taught him that, because he went all aw-shucks on us when we brought up the fact that the Minnesota Twins drafted him in the 33rd round of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft.

The scouting report on Bernard, a centrefielder, was that his body type was similar to that of a famous Twin, Kirby Puckett.

"I maybe watched Kirby Puckett once or twice," said the 5-foot-9, 207-pound Florida product.

"I didn't really watch baseball. I wasn't in love with baseball. I just played it. I didn't love it the way I loved football."

The Twins offered him a contract to enter their farm system, but Bernard's sights were set squarely on the gridiron.

"It was either that or get the college experience and play the game I love," he said. "I told them I was going to college."

The Oregon State baseball team tried to get him to play, but he decided to concentrate on football. Too bad, because the Beavers won back-to-back College World Series titles in 2006 and 2007.


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