Andrew Matt, a 2009 Wyandotte Roosevelt graduate who now plays on the Wayne State University football team, has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
The junior defensive end received the honor for his performance in last Saturday’s 24-21 win against Hillsdale. He finished the day with a fumble recovery, an interception, one sack, a blocked field goal and three tackles.
Matt is the only member of the Warriors this year to capture the weekly defensive honor.
He said that playing for Roosevelt, under head coach Ron Adams, helped him develop many of the necessary skills, and maturity, needed for success at the college level.
"Coach Adams and his staff put a lot of time and effort in to make sure that the Bears are in position to win every ball game," Matt said. "Wyandotte football also taught me great values in becoming a man and to never be satisfied."
Last season, Matt helped WSU advance to the Division II national championship game, which was the school’s first appearance ever. In the semifinal contest, which was played the week prior, he returned a fumble to the opposing 1-yard line, helping to set up his squad’s third touchdown of the day in what was a 21-14 win for WSU.
Andrew's brother, Hunter Matt, a 2011 Wyandotte graduate, also shined on the football field for the Bears and is currently playing for Eastern Michigan University.
The Warriors are 4-1 this season and next play Thursday night at Saginaw Valley State University at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network.