Ian Gaines: Yeah, I had a stomach condition. For a while when I was eating food, it wasn't staying down very well. I was living on one meal a day, basically, and I dropped down to 175 lbs., and didn't know what was going on. The doctor found out I had two hernias between my esophagus and my stomach. I had torn a lining in my stomach, and I had ulcers and sores down in my rectum. I found out about that last summer right before camp started. So the coaches put me on a redshirt. I was still practicing, just trying to keep my skills up.
VM: Now that you're back, you've had a position change.
Ian: I'm a receiver now. I've been moved around a lot since I've been here. There's a lot of competition. We have 12 guys now, so there's a lot of guys wanting to get their hands on the ball. We're kind of a good family though, and everybody's kind of rooting for everybody else. It's a new position for me, and it's a different position, but I'm still running and catching the ball like I was in the backfield. So it's cool. I'm optimistic about it. It's a good move for me, because the running back position is very deep as well. Wherever I can play is where I want to play.
VM: I also understand that you're quite the musician.
Ian: I've been playing music since I was seven or eight years old. I've been playing the saxophone since then. I play about six different instruments now. I play piano, saxophone, guitar, clarinet, trumpet...
VM: And you've done some recording too, right?
Ian: Before I got here, I had released two CD's with my band in high school. Right now I'm working on my own album.... recording it myself and putting it on CD right now. I have some friends that I've talked to that I may do some things with after I get out of school. I do all the mixing and mastering myself. I've been trained that I can do it all myself.
VM: What's your favorite instrument?
Ian: Saxophone would have to be my favorite, because that's my first. But I also love piano and guitar. I'm also a vocalist too.
VM: This music that you do... what style is it? Whom would you compare it to?
Ian: I guess, if you listen to a lot of music, it would be kind of like Ben Harper, maybe a little Pearl Jam thing. It's all acoustic, though.
VM: So it's rock!
Ian: Yeah, it's rock, kind of easy-listening rock.
VM: So, is that what you spend most of your downtime doing?
Ian: Right now with camp and football and everything, there is no downtime! But other than that, yeah.