FEATURED: Mat Boesen
Sept. 7, 2017
This feature article originally appeared in the TCU Gameday Program, which is free to all fans at each TCU football home game. Each week, GoFrogs.com will publish the features from the previous edition of the TCU Gameday Program.
by Shelby Staples, TCU Athletics Communications Intern
Mat Boesen, known by some of his teammates as “Sunshine” (from Remember the Titans), “Thor,” or “Matty B,” is a senior defensive enShed from Southern California who has always dreamt of playing football in Texas, where everything is bigger and better.
This mentality led him to TCU’s program, where he could show off his talents under the guidance of defensive line coach Dan Sharp. He was sold on TCU’s loving environment, family atmosphere, and the DFW city feel, which all lived up to his expectations as he is now getting recognized on and off the field as a key player.
After spending some time playing behind current NFL defensive end Josh Carraway, and knowing TCU’s long tradition of outstanding players at his position, Boesen has some large shoes to fill this season. He plans to use this pressure as motivation to fulfill his long-standing goal of playing in the NFL, something he says “has been the plan since he was a little kid.” This motivation also comes from the coaching staff, especially head coach Gary Patterson, who pushes him hard on and off the field.
A hard worker on the field, Boesen also gives 100 percent in everything he does off the field, including school and other interests such as snowboarding and wrestling. He claims his teammates and roommates would even call him “kind of like the Dad of the household, taking care of everyone and making sure they’re on top of their responsibilities.” Boesen plans to graduate in December with a general studies degree and emphasis in sociology.
In high school, wrestling helped him a lot as it translated to the football field and his position specifically. It taught him that he may not be the biggest guy on the field, but his speed and leverage has helped him get to where he is today.
One of Boesen’s trademarks is his long hair, which is also where some of his iconic nicknames come from. When asked the reasoning for this style, Boesen admits he just decided to grow it out in high school and has had it ever since. However, his decision to grow it out was inspired by Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, whom he looks up to as a player.
You may find Boesen riding his longboard around campus to keep California habits here in Texas, possibly with some cornrows or a different style to mix things up with his signature flow. If it’s before a game, though, he has some different rituals. These include listening to music as well as sitting at his locker, closing his eyes, and visualizing plays in his head before they happen. As far as music goes, he likes it all, but a pregame playlist usually consists of heavy rap to get him in that knockout mentality, as well as some electronic dance music to get him pumped up.
Football has been a part of Boesen’s life since he was a little kid dreaming of playing in the NFL and playing backyard catch with his father, Chris, who played tight end in college. Although his dad was a big motivator for him, Boesen says he is his own biggest motivation to reach his goals and play college football at a large program like TCU. Growing up with a determined attitude that led him to his hard-working abilities today, Boesen is sure to continue his success on and off the field, whether it is making some big hits or learning to adapt to the Texas heat.
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