A conversation with… Matt Mayberry

Leave a comment

For the Indiana Hoosiers, the 2009 season ended against bitter in-state rival Purdue University.  The Old Oaken Bucket, the trophy prized by both schools in their rivalry match-up, remained with the Boilermakers after the Hoosiers fell 38-21.

Against Purdue, senior Matt Mayberry concluded his career with one of his most outstanding games.  The Hoosier linebacker finished with nine tackles and two sacks.  Still, the loss in his final game capped a season of disappointment. 

“We did not execute,” Mayberry said during a phone interview this month, “we were never fully satisfied.”

Matt Mayberry.jpg

The Hoosiers struggled to find their form this season and ended with seven losses in the final eight games.  “The results were not quite what we were looking for,” Mayberry said.

Mayberry finished as one of the most accomplished linebackers ever to play at Indiana.  Blessed with top-level speed for the position, he ended his senior campaign with 108 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks. 

“I have good speed for a linebacker,” Mayberry said. “The coaching staff utilized my abilities to get after the quarterback.” 

Adding in his senior totals, the linebacker ended his IU career with 251 tackles.

Much of his success was due to his summer regimen working out with Kevin Kasper.  The former NFL wide receiver/returner is known for his speed training and Mayberry looked to Kasper to maximize his potential.

“Kevin knows his training.  It was a privilege to work with him.  He took me under his wing.”  Mayberry added, “He is a NFL veteran, so when he says something, you listen.” 

The Hoosier completed a battery of exercises including several focused on making him more explosive, a trait that is vital for linebackers looking to make the transition to the pro game.

And the pro game is indeed where Mayberry intends to end up, like his mentor Kasper.  Mayberry is beginning to analyze his choices for where he will train prior to the 2010 NFL Draft.

“Nothing is finalized, but there are a lot of great facilities across the country.”

With his sideline-to-sideline speed, Mayberry should be satisfied come April where he is projected to be selected at the NFL Draft.

[Editor’s Note: This post was actually written by Sean Grybos.  John Taylor — henceforth known as “The Idiot” — forgot to switch authors before apologizing.  The Idiot apologizes for any confusion this may have caused.]

In Baker Mayfield, Texas set to face yet another QB who wanted to be a Longhorn

Baker Mayfield
Associated Press

Jameis WinstonJohnny ManzielAndrew LuckRobert Griffin IIIJ.T. Barrett. Oh, don’t mind me. Just recounting the number of quarterbacks with ties to the Texas football program that never received a sniff from Bevo’s famous snout.

Add another to the list, perhaps the most inexplicable of all: Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield played at Lake Travis High School in Austin, a powerhouse program in a state that specializes in them. Lightly recruited out of high school (he reportedly held only an offer from Florida Atlantic), Mayfield and his family reached out to the nearby program to see if they’d take him as a walk-on.

They said no.

“They told us he had five scholarship quarterbacks, so there wasn’t any need of ‘Bake’ coming out there,” James Mayfield, Baker’s father, told George Schroeder of USA Today. “I popped off that they had five scholarship quarterbacks that couldn’t even play for Lake Travis. That’s where our relationship stalled out.”

On one hand, it utterly boggles the mind why Texas would decline a successful high school quarterback willing to pay his own way on to the team, especially considering the state of the position at the time. On the other, one would see why Mack Brown‘s staff would pass on a kid with only an offer from FAU who says UT’s quarterbacks couldn’t start for his high school team.

Instead, Texas signed Tyrone Swoopes and Mayfield enrolled at Texas Tech. He won the starting job as a true freshman, transferred to Oklahoma, walked on and then won the starting job there.

And now he’s set to face the hometown team he at one time wished he could play for.

Mayfield has completed 88-of-135 throws for 1,382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions – good for a 178.52 passer rating, which ranks fifth nationally – while adding 138 yards and four scores on the ground. His counterpart, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, has connected on 42-of-76 passes for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions (131.74 passer rating) to go with a team-leading 67 carries for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

“As perverse as all this has been, he’s where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. “He’s living his dream. If he had to do it all over again, he’d do it, with the same outcome.”

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

Scott Satterfield
Associated Press

One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”


Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”