Aug. 13, 2007
Throughout the 2007 Training Camp, IUHOOSIERS.com will sit down and get to know some of the Hoosier football players a little better. After talking with linebacker Geno Johnson, starting center Ben Wyss is up next.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
"I have always wanted to go to Japan because of the culture, food, weather and surfing. I just want to see what its like up close."
What is something about you that would surprise most people?
"I can throw things like grapes and raisins up in the air and catch them in my mouth fairly consistently. I can sit at the opposite end of the table and people will throw them to me and I can catch them. It kind of started back in grade school in the lunchroom and continued on from there."
What class are you looking forward to most this semester?
"My math class. I'm a secondary-education math major. All I really have left in my major are a couple of math classes. I love math and I'm ready to get out there and teach."
Which teammate has the best sense of humor?
"James Bailey. He can make anybody laugh at anytime, no matter what kind of practice we just had. He's serious when he needs to be serious, but if he can sense tension or that someone is down, he can pick them up with his comments."
If you weren't playing football, what sport would you be playing?
"None. I played some other sports in high school but I was just average at them. I wrestled in high school to get better at football because that's what I was best at."
What game are you looking forward to most this season?
"I'm definitely looking forward to our first game against Indiana State. But I also can't wait to go against Ball State because I know a lot of the guys on their team."
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
"My dad. We were farmers growing up, so to see a guy help raise seven kids and try to put us all through the best education he could means a lot to me. I have had his name on my wristband the past four or five days so that whenever things start to go bad at practice, I just look at it and it helps me calm down."
What is your favorite place on campus to go to relax?
"The arcade center in the union. They have all kinds of games and it's a good way to blow off some steam and get away from football."
What is your favorite food?
"There's so much...but I'll go with spaghetti. But it has to have the meat sauce on it. Can't have spaghetti without the meat."
Do you have any pregame superstitions?
"I rest on the bus ride to the stadium. I just close my eyes and try to see some of the plays happen before I get in there. I think about where my first step has to be and what I am reading in the defense and what the quarterback is reading and all those kinds of things. It calms me down to see the play before it actually happens."