Aug. 13, 2008
Throughout the Hoosiers' 2008 fall practice, IUHOOSIERS.com will sit down and get to know some of the freshmen football players a little better. In today's installment, we asked offensive lineman Will Matte 10 questions on a wide variety of topics.
What football player did you look up to growing up?
I'd have to say Jeff Saturday on the Colts. I'm a fan of the smaller linemen and he's an extremely good player and he gets the job done.
What is your best football memory?
I want to say in my junior year of high school we won the state championship. We were underdogs and we won pretty big and that was the best moment in football for me.
Why did you choose to come to Indiana?
The coaches. I really like the coaches and I love this campus, so I took that into consideration. I think it's an up-and-coming program.
What person in your life do you look up to most?
My whole family. They've all helped me through everything. It's been tough, but they've always been there by my side helping me out.
What is something about you outside of football that would surprise most people?
I'm actually pretty big into music. I play the drums, I've been playing for about 10 years and I've played in a couple bands. It's a pretty big hobby of mine.
What has surprised you most since you've been at IU?
Just the level of competition, I mean, I knew it was going to be hard but you really don't know it until you actually get into it. But other than that, it's pretty much everything I've expected so far.
If you weren't playing football what sport would you be playing?
I've never played it before, but I've always wanted to play rugby. I think that just seems interesting and it would be fun.
What's your favorite food?
Any kind of pasta. I love pasta.
What other players on the team are you closest with?
What are you planning on majoring in and why?
I'd say my roommate Marc Damisch. We'll be rooming together in the dorm. Connor Creevey, he's a quarterback, and Justin Pagan, he's my roommate in the hotel right now. A lot of the upperclassmen on the o-line have gotten pretty close, too.
I'm undecided right now, but I'll probably end up in communications. I want to eventually get into the media and go back to Chicago to work.