UH Receivers Series - Daniel Spencer

"In HS I played everywhere so it really has not been much of an adjustment playing receiver." - UH receiver Daniel Spencer

RS - Why did you decide to attend the University of Houston?
DS - The offense was great. I really connected with who was recruiting me at the time (McKinney). He was saying he really liked me and kept in touch with me. I could tell they really wanted me.

RS - Have you had a chance to meet with Coach Christian?
DS - Yes sir, he has been great. He has already made an impact on how we are going to play at inside receiver. Right now he is going over the basics and fundamentals of the inside receiver position and it is helping a whole lot. We didn't really do much of that last year and are really striving to work better and doing so.

RS - There was a lot of discussion that the original plan was to have you play receiver your first season then move you back to RB. Has this been discussed at all and do you believe your versatility in playing more than one position will help this offense?
DS - Being versatile will help any offense so I think it will help but I will play wherever they want me in order to get on the field. In HS I played everywhere so it really has not been much of an adjustment playing receiver.

RS - How valuable to you feel your experience as a true freshmen was in helping you prepare for the upcoming season?
DS - It was great. I will not be so nervous and cautious since it will not be my first time on the field.

RS - What are your personal goals for this spring and the upcoming season?
DS - I just want to go out there and do some great things like the last class did.

RS - What do you feel like you need to work on the most heading into this spring?
DS - Catching the ball, running better, crisper routs.

RS - What are your thoughts on the new staff and what challenges will it present having a new OC and learning to do things his way?
DS - It has been the same as last season. Last year was pretty self-explanatory to pick up. I think the new staff is going to come in and still make us the number one offense in the nation. I believe the reason we have not really changed that much is we were the number one offense in the nation.

RS - Do you have any comments on Coach Levine as the new Houston coach and what that means for the team?
DS - We all love him. He is a great guy and is going to be great for the University of Houston. It is his dream job and he is going to do some great things here.

RS - It is even more motivating when you see the staff sign such a talented group of receivers on national signing day?
DS – Yes, it is very motivating. It means that I am going to have to work harder to keep my spot. Being challenged will help me even more.

RS - Does it add any more pressure for you knowing that this offense has been one of the nation's best and will be replacing all four starting receivers?
DP - Not really. We just go out there and play our game. Whenever the two's were in last year we really didn't skip a beat because we were all doing the same things as the one's were doing. I think we could have been in there last season doing the same things they were doing so it will not be much added pressure.

RS - What are your thoughts on having a new QB with Case gone and playing at the next level?
DS - Everyone is going to have to turn it up a notch because Case was great. We also had Patrick Edwards out there doing great things too, so we are all going to have to bump it up a notch, not just one guy.

RS - Having played with such a veteran group of teammates last season offense do you feel you were able to learn from them and is there anyone in particular who has helped your development the most?
DS - Juice Johnson and E.J. Smith always came up to me telling me - hey you are going to be great and do great things here, just work on this and that and strive to be perfect.

RS - What is the atmosphere like amongst the receivers with such a heated competition for spots in the rotation next fall?
DS - It has been real tight. You can cut the tension in the air. Everyone is trying to get that starting job because they know it is open so everyone has been working super hard. I think we can rotate a lot and that is was is so good because when we rotate we will not miss any beats because everyone is so close. If we rotate and keep guys fresh then we can keep guys fast so it is going to help.

RS - What do you feel your role will be next season for the team?
DS - I just have to be a play-maker. I know I can do it, but you have to be ready to make plays when we need them.

RS - How essential is blocking?
DS - It is very important. I know we do not run the ball that much, but when we do we have to secure it because one guy can mess up the entire play.

RS - If you were to name a starting four, not including yourself, who would they be?
DS - Probably Mark Roberts and…….. I just have no idea it is so close. I can point to about anyone who can start so I really cannot tell you a four.

RS - Are there any final words you would like to say to the Cougar fans?
DS - Just keep on coming to the games and supporting us. We will win 13 games every year even without Keenum and Edwards so keep supporting us. We really do feed off the crowd and those sellouts are awesome!


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