TBS chat with Brandon Doman, San Francisco 49er QB

<b>TotalBlueSports.com</b> (TBS) staff editor <b>Ben Cahoon</b> is coordinating a series of exclusive live TBS chats with former BYU Cougars in the pros. Here is the first:

What do you think Dennis Erickson (new San Francisco 49er head coach) will bring to the table?

Brandon Doman: He'll definitely bring some offensive firepower with him. He knows his stuff and he's been around the block.

What's is your interaction with the current BYU team? What players do you expect to do well this year?

Brandon Doman: My interaction has been pretty minimal. I spent the last few weeks at BYU and worked out with the team. I saw a bunch of very promising players. A lot of people were concerned about the O-line, but I think they have a core group that looks very promising.

Center Scott Jackson is going to be outstanding. The chemistry with the players in relation to their QB is a lot better. Matt Berry has been throwing the ball really well there. The other QB who was there was John Beck -- and he looked outstanding. BYU has a very good future with their quarterbacks. Whalen should be good and everyone is anxious to see what Fahu Tahi can do. The new tight end (Daniel) Coats looked outstanding to me. I'm sure he'll become a great player.

How do you believe Crowton will approach this season with a "cupboard full of raw talent" and relatively inexperienced QBs?

Brandon Doman: Same way he handled it his first year. Throw the ball a million times around the field and keep the defense at bay. If he shows confidence in these QBs, they'll be fine. The players are trusting the quarterbacks which, I think, was lacking last year.

What have you done since BYU to build your arm into one that can land you a starting spot in the NFL?

Brandon Doman: The NFL is a fulltime job so I can focus on football. I have spent a lot of time on shoulder exercises. Probably 3/4 of every weight exercise I do is focused on shoulder and arm strength. Also a lot of work on hip flexibilty. My arm is a lot stronger than it was at BYU. Hopefully, that will allow me to play in the league for a long time. I'm also on a team where the quarterbacks don't have to have really strong arms, so hopefully I can be successful.

What was the worst rookie thing you had to do?

Brandon Doman: Coach (Steve) Mariucci was against rookie hazing, but he did allow them (veteran players) to make us pay for stuff. Every week, I had to buy a meal for the coaches and the quarterbacks. It was every Saturday morning. I had to buy breakfast for 3 or 4 coaches and the quarterbacks. By the end of the year, it added up because they want a nice meal. Each rookie also had to cater a meal for the entire organization, so that was about a couple thousand bucks. So mostly it was financial hazing.

Do you get much harassment because of (Steve) Young?

Brandon Doman: When I first got here, it was more of a "live up to" situation because I was a QB from BYU. Actually, having Steve Young with the 49ers was huge for me. The way he lives his life and went about doing things, the transition was easy for me. The expectations of a Mormon coming into the organization was much easier than it would have been.

How did you feel facing Mendenhall's 3-3-5 and how he thinks it will impact BYU's team this year?

Brandon Doman: What Mendenhall is doing is a lot of where football is going; a lot of speed and strength. The 3-3-5 brings in more DBs; linebackers who can run and cover; blitzing not only linebackers, but Dbs and even D-linemen who can drop into coverage. You're able to run so many more coverages. A lot of teams don't know how to protect when you're bringing three guys off of one end. If Mendenhall is able to adapt the current players to his defense, he should be very successful.

What do you think these QBs at BYU will have to do to be successful under Crowton?

Brandon Doman: They have to buy into what Crowton is trying to get them to do. Sometimes it's difficult to understand what he's visualizing or trying to teach you. My goal was not only to understand the play, but to also know why he was running that play; what was he seeing that made him want to run that play. These quarterbacks have to humble themselves and understand that it's not just their talents and abilities that will make it work.

What do you think of (Luke) Staley's chances of making it with the Lions? Have you spoken to him lately?

Brandon Doman: I have spoken with Luke. I've been around a lot of these running backs in the NFL and he's as good as the best of them. It will come down to his leg or legs. These running backs get bounced around like bowling balls. If Luke can hold up, he'll be successful.

What was your favorite game you played while at BYU and why?

Brandon Doman: I had a couple of favorite games, but beating the University of Utah is always the best. Both times we beat Utah was very memorable. Also my first start was memorable, because it was Lavell Edwards' last game at BYU.

Is visualizing what Crowton is trying to teach unique to him or is it that way with coaches such as (Norm) Chow and Mariucci as well?

Brandon Doman: Crowton is a student of the game and is unique. He played a bunch of different positions so he understands defenses especially well. When I was with Chow, I think he was also a great student of the game, but I wasn't playing so I didn't get to learn much during that time. That's one thing I learned from Crowton: How to be a student of the game, how to study, how to be prepared for anything that came.

Describe that bomb to Pittman on 4th down? How did it develop? Was it the planned pattern?

Brandon Doman: Laugh. Pretty good questions. It was a two minute drill so we had to call the play on the field. They had called a dash left or a rollout left to buy me more time. I knew I had to throw the ball down the field and I wasn't going to throw it out of bounds. He was the only receiver going downfield so I knew I had to throw it to him. I threw it kind of like a hail Mary, in a place that would give him the best chance to catch it, and he caught it.

What is it like being married to a Ute? Real question, how is Ben Archibald doing?

Brandon Doman: I'm going to answer that question (about my wife). It is miserable. I'm teasing. Actually, she's my biggest fan. We're gradually washing the red out of her. Ben Archibald is still trying to get healthy. He played 2nd string in camp and if his leg will allow him to do what he's capable of doing, he could play in the pros for a long time.

Do your children wear more red or BLUE?

Brandon Doman: I have one little girl and she definitely has more blue than red.

Let's hear a prediction from you on BYU's record this year. What do you think?

Brandon Doman: BYU has one of the toughest schedules ever. If they can get a win right off the bat, or even two wins, they could do really well. The best thing they have going for them is that they have some experience on defense. They're young on offense, but you know that offense is going to put up some points. I don't even know how many games they have, but I think they're at least capable of 8 or 9 wins.

Tell us a little about the the QBs at San Francisco and competing against them for a spot?

Brandon Doman: Right now, I've had a few phone calls today because ESPN announced that Jeff Garcia has an injured back. He's obviously not going to be out very long, but that's the essence of everything in life. There's always an opportunity whether it be for one day in practice or three days in practice or in a 2nd half; that is an opportunity to capitalize on. Not that I would ever want Jeff to get injured. We're good friends and I want to see him win a Super Bowl, but that's how Jeff got his shot; how Steve young eventually got his shot and how I got my shot at BYU. Hopefully, I will one day get my shot and stick as a starter.

Brandon Doman: One last message: Thanks to everyone for the support and I really look forward to seeing what BYU can do this year. Later.


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