Houser holds down the pivot

Finding a good player to plug into the middle of an offensive line is something every program is after and one of the top pivot men in the California JC ranks is Butte C Robb Houser (6-3, 282). Last year, Houser got a taste of the center position for the first time in his career and he flourished and now he's looking for the chance to play D-1 ball and he's got one BCS program close to offering.

"I went to a really small school when I was in high school," Houser told recently. "I went to Durham High School which is like seven miles away from Chico. My mom worked there and she was my ride so I went to that school.

"I fully-qualified, but no one really looked at players from our school so I decided that Butte was the best fit for me because the coaches here were really good and it was still pretty close to home."

Houser reported to Butte weighing 255 pounds and expected to redshirt his first season so he could put on some weight and so he could heal up from an cartilage tear in his right knee.

"When I got here though, they basically told me I had a really good shot at starting at center because they didn't have anyone projected there," Houser recalled. "I met with some doctors and asked them if I could hurt myself anymore and they said no, but I would have to deal with the pain.

"I was fine with that because I thought it would be cool to start right away and I did and I just gutted out the pain."

Even though he was limited because of the injury and his lack of ideal size, he still managed to gain All-Conference honors and he's worked hard this offseason to have a big sophomore campaign.

"I'm about 282 now and I want to be 285 or a little bigger when the season starts," Houser said. "I've been able to work really well in the weight room and my bench is up to about 400 pounds and I power clean 330 so I really want to see how that helps me this fall."

Through all of high school, Houser played guard and then he made the switch to center early in camp last year and he says he had to learn on the fly.

"It was pretty crazy because it was tough at times learning like I had to," Houser said. "This year should be good because I've worked really hard on making my reads and the adjustments and also on my pass-protection because we should have a great passing game this fall and I want to give my quarterback all the time I can.

"I like having the pressure of playing center on me. It give me control of the situation and I wasn't used to that when I was in high school so it was a great change and I'm really excited for this fall and this season. It's going to be great."

Kansas State, California, Arkansas State and Texas State have all made inquiries but the Wildcats seem to be the closest to offering Houser.

"Kansas State called and wanted my transcripts so they seem to be pretty close and my coaches have said that Cal, Arkansas State and Texas State have requested film of me," Houser said. "If I had my choice, Cal would be where I ended up, but playing for Kansas State would be great.

"They play in a great conference and I really like their staff."

Because Houser was a full-qualifier out of high school he can leave following the season and enroll in January at whichever school he ends up choosing with three years to play two as soon as he gets to campus.

We'll have more from Houser as his season gets underway.

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