Question and Answer with Keith DiDomenico

April 7, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH KEITH DIDOMENICO

Keith DiDomenico returns to spring practice for his senior year, and he is a postseason honors candidate. DiDomenico redshirted last season after briefly leaving the football program for personal reasons. The Salem native checks in at 6'5' 304 pounds, and is listed as the starter at right guard.

Q. You had a difficult offseason after the 2000 spring drills, what is your mental state during the spring drills of 2001?

A. 'I feel really good about myself, and I'm ready to go out and have a successful season.'

Q. There was talk the offensive line would slip this year with the losses of Jared Cornell, Mitch White, and Robert Sykes, what is your opinion?

A. 'I don't think it's going to slip at all, everybody on this unit has improved - we'll be just as good as last year's line, if not better.'

Q. Where do you think you have most improved since you last played in a game?

A. 'I feel I have a better grasp of the offense, and I'm little stronger and more mature than the last game I actually played in. I also have improved my speed.'

Q. Was last season particularly difficult for you in terms of redshirting?

A. 'It was very difficult watching from the sidelines last season, I really wanted to be in the game.'

Q. You came to Oregon State when the goal of playing in any bowl game was a lofty one. What has changed with this program?

A. 'Our expectation level is very high, we don't accept losing. When I first arrived at Oregon State, I could only imagine what it would be like to go to bowl games, now it is expected.'

Q. Do you enjoy spring practice?

A. 'It really isn't too bad. I know I have a lot of things to work on, and this is the best time to get that accomplished.'

Q. What are some of the goals Assistant Head Coach Gregg Smith has for you or the unit as a whole this year?

A. 'He really wants us to work on technique aspects, and work on getting better for the 2001 season.'

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