Ask Matt Friedrichs

Nov. 3, 2000

Mathew Schmidt (Carlsbad, CA)
How can I be like you? Where is Colin? How are things going up there?

You don't need to be like me, but where I'm at now has been achieved through good old fashioned hard work. Whether it is on the field or in the classroom, the only way to be successful is to put the necessary work in. Colin Branch is here at school with me doing well. He's contributing to our team and working hard just like everyone else. Things are going alright up here. Our team is still in the bowl hunt, and we need to finish our last three games strong to accomplish this goal.

Michelle Ismaj (Tucson, AZ)
Matt, congratulations on a great interception and 25-yard run against Washington last week. It was a close game and was a battle until the last second. This coming week, you take on UCLA in Pasadena, after their big victory in Tucson. Do you think the Cardinal is ready to come out strong, to overcome the loss against Washington and to return home with a victory against Corey Paus and the Bruins?

It was definitely a battle until the end last week against Washington. In the Pac-10 that is the way it usually is, and week in and week out that is what we expect. Unfortunately, we didn't come out on top. As for UCLA, we know it will be another 60-minute battle. I feel our team is excited, and ready to play their hearts out against a good UCLA team. It's 'do or die' time and we need a win to keep our bowl aspirations alive.

Dan Williams (Oceanside, CA)
Would you contribute most of your success to your experiences from high school? If so, who or what would the influential factor be?

I think at each level of my football career I've learned a lot. In high school, I had a coach that believed in me from my sophomore year up, and he really developed me as a player. He was our defensive coordinator and tight-ends coach, and he gave me the opportunity to see what I could do. He got me to the next level (college) and now my coaches here have taken over the coaching reigns.

Michael Rudolf (San Diego, CA)
Matt - who do you or would you like to model yourself after in the NFL (Ted Johnson!!??) and for which team would you like to play for?

There are so many great linebackers in the NFL, and I would have to say Ted Johnson is one of my favorites. But, if I had to pick one linebacker to model myself after, it would be Junior Seau of the San Diego Chargers. Seau is one of, if not the best, out there today. If I was ever able to reach his level of play, it would be amazing. If I were to pick a team to play for it would also be the Chargers because they are in San Diego. San Diego is a great city and my hometown of Carlsbad is also in San Diego County. But don't get me wrong, if I'm fortunate enough to be wanted by any team in the NFL, I won't limit my options.

Jermaine Siders (Los Angeles, CA)
What criteria did you use to pick a college and what advice would you give to high schoolers on how to handle the recruiting process?

When picking a college you need to find a school that is well rounded. For student-athletes, a school that is successful in athletics and respected academically is important. More importantly, you need a school that fits your needs and plans for the future. You need a school that you feel comfortable with and can get the most out of, while at the same time the school can get the most out of you. When dealing with the recruiting process, always look at all your options, don't believe everything you hear, and don't stress too much. The recruiting process can be frustrating but don't let it overwhelm you. Believe that you'll make the right decision, and when you do, don't second-guess it.

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