Question and Answer with Quarterback Shayne House

April 6, 2001


Sophomore quarterback Shayne House is expected to be one of a number of individuals competing for the backup position at quarterback this year behind incumbent starter Jonathan Smith. House has yet to take a snap in a game as a Beaver due to shoulder injuries, but a clean bill of health for the first time in his collegiate career has him optimistic about the 2001 campaign.

Q. Your right shoulder has bothered you almost immediately since you arrived in August of 1999. How is the shoulder at this time?

A. 'I'm sure there will be some stiffness in the morning (Fri.), but it is a huge relief that I'm making steps in my recovery and starting to put this injury behind me. Even though I haven't been able to practice as much as I would have liked during my career to this point, I have benefited from watching the drills and dissecting tape with Jonathan (Smith) and Nick (Stremick). I know a lot of the drills from observing and I have a good understanding of the offense.'

Q. How did you feel you threw today (Thurs.)?

A. 'I know I didn't throw one hundred percent and with a lot of strength, but I was more concerned with my timing and reads. I'm more concerned about the mental aspects right now, rather than going out there and gunning the ball. I didn't feel I had a lot of strength on the ball today, but that will come.'

Q. Did you feel you had good reads today (Thur.)?

A. 'I thought I did pretty well today. I was looking in the right places, and I thought my footwork was good. One of the things I was able to work extensively on during my shoulder rehabilitation was my footwork ... that aspect of my game has improved tremendously.'

Q. You seem genuinely excited about spring practice?

A. 'I really am. As long as my shoulder keeps improving I'll be happy. I'm just excited to be out there playing again, that's the reason I'm here.'

Q. What will OSU fans notice about Shayne House that they might not have witnessed in the past?

A. 'I have added some weight and muscle, plus improved my footwork. I think my quickness has improved since I have arrived on campus, and when I'm totally one-hundred percent again I'll have more confidence than I have ever had before.'

Q. When you look at the returning lettermen on offense, the most noticeable absences are Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and Robert Prescott. What are your thoughts about the receivers on this roster?

A. 'As a whole, the receivers on this roster have tremendous talent. They all have great hands, and these guys will able to make the big catches. The one aspect we may lack, compared to last year, is the speed factor. I have a lot of confidence in our receivers, you are going to see guys step-up their play this year and have a great season.'

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