Q: So, do the 49ers have the next Steve Young coming out here?
Doman: He told me I can't let him down. He started talking offense with me already. He congratulated me (on being drafted by the Niners) and he was all fired up and he started telling me things I needed to get ready for for this offense. He's been a good friend, so hopefully I don't ever let him down. I've known him for a long time. I grew up watching BYU football games. He and my older brother are the same age and pretty good friends. So he's been a very good mentor to me.
Q: How's your shoulder? Is it healthy now?
Doman: It's stronger than ever. I've been able to put on some weight. I've really focused a lot of attention on strengthening the shoulder. All of my strength tests and everything have gone up dramatically. It's a lot better now than it used to be.
Q: How did you injure it last season at BYU?
Doman: I was running around. I probably should have gone out of bounds, but I went ahead and took a hit and came down on my elbow and it just separated the shoulder a little bit, right at the beginning of the season last year. But I never missed a practice or a game or anything. So it wasn't anything that kept me out.
Q: Did it affect your arm strength throughout the year?
Doman: I think a little bit. A lot of people criticized my arm strength at mid season, but they don't realize I had a separated shoulder in those games. So I think that the coaches that have come out and had me work out (before the draft) realize that, hey, that arm is a lot stronger than what a lot of people expected it to be. It maybe affected me a little bit. It never hurt too bad. But I'm sure the strength of it was affected through those first couple of games when it was injured.
Q: So you've got a pretty good deep ball?
Doman: Well, I'm definitely not 6-foot-4, 250 pounds. I'm so excited for the San Francisco offense because it's suited to my style of play. But I can definitely throw a deep ball, but I don't think it's going to be something that is going to happen all the time. It's a lot more timing routes and things like that.
Q: What do you envision your role will be with the 49ers this season?
Doman: Obviously, (we've) got a quarterback there that is awesome. I'm a big Jeff Garcia fan, and I want to learn from him, I want to watch him. I want to learn as much as I can from coach (Steve) Mariucci, coach (Greg) Knapp and coach (Ted) Tollner and (learn) the program out there. The organization is awesome. At the combines, in reviewing with each organization, there was no doubt about it that the 49ers had the best organization. So I was definitely hoping to get a shot to go out there. So I'll go out there and support, play as hard as I can every practice, every play, and hopefully be a backup-style quarterback for the next little while here, and hopefully down the road get a chance to be the starter.
Q: After playing quarterback at BYU, is it just natural that an NFL career is the goal you have in mind?
Doman: No doubt about it. So many quarterbacks out of BYU have had a chance to play in the NFL. The style of offense, the public view that everybody gets of you is excellent. Plus, you're able to put up some good numbers, and the fact that we're able to win some games this year really gave me a boost coming into the NFL draft.
Q: You've been compared as a quarterback to Jeff Garcia. Do you see some of yourself in him?
Doman: That's an honor to be mentioned with his name. Jeff Garcia is an excellent football player. We definitely like to move around, and our footwork is probably pretty similar and getting out of the pocket and making plays happen. I think that's the San Francisco-style quarterback. That's something that hopefully down the road I can learn and get better and better. I'll play my role here for a while and hopefully get my chance to play here down the road a little way.