Football Program Q&A: Ben Shoults

Football Program Q&A: Ben Shoults

 

  • What is your concentration?
    • Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology
  • What do you hope to do in life once football is finished?
    • Go to Medical school and become a pediatrician.
  • Can you explain the nuances of your position and provide something for the casual fan to better understand what you're seeing on the field?
    • As a center, there are a couple of details that are essential for playing the position. The first, snapping the ball, is pretty self-explanatory. Next is the ability to play on both the right and left side of the line. On any given play, I could be blocking with the left or the right side of the line and the ability to not favor either side is very important. Lastly, as a center I have to dictate who each lineman blocks. Every play I analyze the front 7 defenders and tell the tackles and guards who I am blocking, so they in turn know who to block. For a casual fan, there is a BIG difference for when I am covered by a nose guard vs. not covered. It totally changes the blocking scheme of the play.
  • What is your first memory of football?
    • I remember being 5 years old and playing kill the carrier in my back yard with my older brother.
  • What's your favorite Harvard team to watch as a fan?
    • Harvard Hockey.
  • What are the hardest parts of being a student-athlete at Harvard?
    • For me, time management and keeping my body healthy. In regard to time management, if you fall behind in school or in football, it is very hard to recover from. Over the course of the season, every football player has nicks and bruises that need to be tended to by the training staff. If you are proactive with your body, you will have no issues.
  • What's the best part of a home football day?
    • Listening to "Dancing in the Moonlight" after a win!
  • Who do you like lining up against in practice?
    • Richie "The Bank Safe" Ryan
  • Who has the best nickname on the team, and why?
    • Cody "The Mongoose" Chrest
  • Who you have a nickname? If so, how did it come about?
    • Most people call me Shoultsy because my last name is Shoults.
  • How has playing football at Harvard better prepared you for life?
    • I think Harvard Football has taught me the value of hard work in life. If you really commit yourself to giving 110% each and every day in everything you do there is nothing you can not accomplish.
  • What do you think when you hear Harvard's mission statement: 'Education Through Athletics?'
    • I think of the importance of both education and football in my life.
  • What do you want your Harvard legacy to be?
    • I'd like to be known as a hard-working kid who was always there for people. I think some people get lost in their own goals and forget to step back and get to know those around you. Being friendly to everyone is something I work on each and every day.
  • If you weren't playing football, you would be…
    • Playing video games and fishing more often.
  • What is your favorite football memory?
    • I don't have a favorite memory but I love spending everyday with my teammates and brothers. It makes the whole process much more fun!
  • What are your favorite places to eat in the square?
    • Jefe's, Nochs, and Gyu-Kaku.
  • If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
    • Nikola Tesla, Matt Birk, Will Ferrell.
  • Best football movie of all-time? Why?
    • Waterboy because Gaaaaaaatooooorrraadddeeee.
  • If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
    • Charlie booker because I want to feel fast for a day.
  • If you could go back, what's one piece of advice you would give to yourself as a freshman?
    • Don't be scared or nervous, have confidence in everything you do.
  • Who has the best dance moves on the team? The worst?
  • Your favorite 'Murph'-ism (saying or quote from Coach Murphy)?
    • Any time he says the word 'Grit'