|photo by Mark Campbell|
Only ten days before the opening game and this year's starting quarterback has yet to be decided. As was stated previously, this series is intended to help us get to know our three quarterbacks a little better.
The subject of today's interview is Robby Schoenhoft.
GH: Robby, coming out of high school you were recruited by a number of the best Division I-A schools in the country. When you decided to leave Ohio State, what was it that attracted you to Delaware?
Schoenhoft: The tradition of the team, the success that they have had is something that I couldn't overlook. Obviously, I was looking at I-AA programs because if I went to another I-A school I would have had to sit out a year and I didn't want to do that. I also was attracted by the success they have had at quarterback. They have had undeniable success. The past three quarterbacks to play at Delaware have been great and that meant a lot to me. The tradition they had here at quarterback was something that I just couldn't overlook. On my official visit I knew that this was the place I needed to be. They had everything I was looking for.
GH: You have been here for a while and actually participated in spring ball. How comfortable are you now with the offense?
Schoenhoft: I can't say that I know it like the back of my hand but I'm starting to know it like I know the back of my hand. During the spring I was kind of fishing around a little bit. I knew the concepts but I didn't have a great feel for certain things. It was really helpful going through that period. Now after studying in the off-season, working with the guys and participating in various 7 on 7's, I feel that I know it very well. Obviously, there is always room for improvement. But I feel that I have a good grasp on things now; that as a team we are getting better every day and that we are going to put a good team on the field against Maryland.
GH: You mentioned that initially you kind of fished around. What were the hardest things for you to pick up?
"At Ohio State we didn't have much responsibility pre-snap. Here it's all on us. It's more like a pro-style of play for the quarterback."
Schoenhoft: I think the first thing that I struggled with was the cadence. It's something that we didn't do at Ohio State. At Ohio State we just said a couple of words... set down and go. Here we have to call all the different formations and different plays because we are in the no-huddle. That was a big change. Another thing that I had to learn was all the protection calls. Again, at Ohio State I didn't have to call protection because it was done by the center. At Ohio State we didn't have much responsibility pre-snap. Here it's all on us. It's more like a pro-style of play for the quarterback. We not only have to be educated about the offense but we also have to know what the defense is doing on each play. There is a lot more to think about in this offense.
GH: What do you see as your strong point as a quarterback?
Schoenhoft: I think right now it's my maturity and my leadership. I think that I have been through a fair amount of football. I know in certain situations when to take shots and when not. I know when to try and get the ball in tight areas and when to take risks. I think leadership is something that a quarterback has to have and I feel that I have the ability to have the guys look up to me as a leader.
GH: We have a lot of pass plays in this offense. Is there any particular play that you like to run?
"This whole offense is very talented. Any time you get the ball into the hands of one of our receivers or running backs any play can go for the big one."
Schoenhoft: With the receivers that we have any pass play can potentially be a great play. Our receivers are so good that they are going to get open. As a quarterback you just have to go through your reads and get the ball to any one of them. This whole offense is very talented. Any time you get the ball into the hands of one of our receivers or running backs any play can go for the big one.
GH: I see in the pre-season roster that you are now 250 pounds. Is that right?
Schoenhoft: Yeah (laughing). I hope it's closer to 245 right now.
GH: The reason I ask is because I was wondering if there were any pre-arranged running plays and how you feel running the ball?
"I know when to take the risks, when to take a hit and when not to."
Schoenhoft: I'm very comfortable running the ball. Actually, at a scrimmage the other day I had a 20-25 yard touchdown run. I feel like I'm a tough guy to bring down. But as I said before, I know when to take the risks, when to take a hit and when not to. I feel that it's something that I can incorporate into my game.
GH: There was a blurb in the News Journal in the spring that the coaches were working on your throwing technique. What was that all about?
Schoenhoft: First I was asked to work on my grip. The coaches want a little bit of a different grip on the ball. Also I was asked to cock my wrist back a little more. They thought those things would get more power in my throws. And as a result they were right, and I am throwing the ball a little more accurately and with more power.
GH: I would like to ask you a couple of personal questions. Would you be willing to share something about yourself that our GoHens.net readers don't know about you?
Schoenhoft: I doubt they know that I have five siblings. I have four older sisters and one younger brother that was adopted from Russia about five years ago.
GH: Wow. I never know what I'm going to get when I ask that question. It sounds like a pretty full house.
"I also like to attend a church service, a mass service, before the game."
GH: Do you have any pre-game rituals that you could tell us about?
Schoenhoft: I like to listen to my iPod before the game. I'm sure a lot of quarterbacks like to do that. I also like to attend a church service, a mass service, before the game.
GH: Robby, I wish we had more time but I have been asked to keep this interview brief today because of practice so let me conclude by thanking you and wishing you a healthy and successful season.
Schoenhoft: You're very welcome, have a great day.