62 Matthew Schmidt
62 Matthew Schmidt
Height: 6-3
Weight: 290
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Stokesdale, N.C.
High School: McMichael
Position: C

2016 — Voted second team All-SoCon in balloting by league media...started at center in all 11 games...totaled a unit high 737 plays, 52 knockdowns, and 17 pancake blocks...graded out a season high 2.04 on 69 snaps in Furman’s 49-21 win over Western Carolina...fashioned a solid performance against Wofford, earning a grade of 1.99 on 69 plays, including a season high 10 knockdowns...played a key role in Furman’s most dominating offensive performance of the season in a 52-7 win over East Tennessee State, grading out a 1.96 on 49 plays in helping the Paladins score on their first eight possessions.

2015 — Made the switch from center to right tackle...missed a good portion of the preseason due with a foot injury but battled back to register starts in the season’s first seven games...missed the next three contests before logging seven plays in the season finale at Wofford...recorded a grade of 1.91 with eight knockdowns on 54 plays in the season opener against FCS No. 3 ranked Coastal Carolina...earned a season high mark of 2.09 and 10 knockdowns on 58 snaps at UCF (16-15 win), helping Furman to its first win over an FBS foe since 1999 (North Carolina)...had 13 knockdowns against VMI (24-21 win)...finished the season with 407 play participations.

2014 — Emerged as a key player in his first season, taking over at center at mid-season and posting starts in the final eight games...was one of five true freshmen to log starts...finished the campaign with 499 play participations...graded out 91 percent on 54 plays against Western Carolina in his first collegiate action...credited with 10 pancake blocks on a season high 78 snaps  versus FCS No. 3-ranked Coastal Carolina...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.

High School:  2014 graduate of Dalton L. McMichael (3A) High School...football coach was Charles Shields...played both offensive and defensive line, working at all three positions on the offensive front...two-time Mid-State All-Conference, All-Rockingham County, and Greensboro News-Record All-Area selection...totaled 163 tackles, including 31 tackles for-loss, and 124 pancake blocks over his final two seasons...topped all conference defensive linemen in tackles (91) in 2013....attended Oak Ridge Military Academy for two years prior to enrolling at  McMichael High School.

Personal: Full name is Matthew August Schmidt...born June 29, 1995...son of Gregg and Jen Schmidt...has two brothers, Taylor and David, and two sisters, Abby and Emma...father played football at South Dakota State (1985-87)...philosophy major.