Blue Light Specials: Matthew Shiltz

 By: William Carroll

Matthew Shiltz is one of the most mobile, productive and underrated quarterbacks in all of college football. He had a stellar Senior stanza as a Butler Bulldog with 11 starts, 218 completions on 381 attempts for 57.2% completion percentage, 2713 yards, 7.1 yards per attempt, 19 TDs, with 9 INTs, a long pass of 83 yards, and a QBR of 128.8. What those numbers don’t show is he outstanding leadership, mental and physical toughness or his ability to create on the fly.  I have joked with him about his physical resemblance to Joe Montana, his playing style is much like Aaron Murray or Chase Daniel, he is a good fit for a West Coast, ball-control offense. 

 

Matthew Shiltz Interview Questions:

  1. I have had the pleasure of watching your career from your time at Butler.  What would you say are the 5 biggest and best lessons you’ve learned on your journey?

Matthew Shiltz:

  1. -You can never prepare too much
  2. -The scoreboard will take care of itself
  3. -The little things not only matter they make all the difference
  4. -During the course of a game you just have to ‘Play the Play’
  5. -The tape is never as good as it seems and never as bad as it

seems.

  1. The next question, you played for Coach Gould in High School, what was that program like and what kind of coach was he?

Matthew Shiltz: I played for Mark Gould at St. Charles North High School. He is one of the best head coaches I have played for and has a history and tradition of winning. He demanded high energy and focus during practices, but at the same time gave the players freedom to make adjustments during games, which was very nice.

  1. Who were your major rivals?

Matthew Shiltz: In high school our biggest rival was St. Charles East High School.  In college our biggest rivals are Dayton, Drake, and Valparaiso.

  1. Your home area is loaded with talent _____ and ____ to name a few who are some of the best players you played with or against while you were in high school or growing up?

Matthew Shiltz: I played with Josh Mikes, who is WR at Winona State and is draft eligible this year. He was a great player and was very athletic. He definitely made the job of throwing the football a lot easier knowing he was on the receiving end.

  1. 5. What was your recruitment process like, who was interested and how did you choose your school?

Matthew Shiltz: My recruitment process was unique in that it didn’t really start until my senior year. I was not supposed to start as a senior, however the future starter broke his hand over the summer during a baseball game and I was named the starter. Over the first 3 games I was nearly breaking many of the passing records and ended up winning the starting job for the rest of the season. During the second half of the season and after my season was when teams really starting calling and visiting. I was looking into walking on at Northwestern University as an athlete, and was getting recruited by both Dayton and Butler. I ended up choosing Butler because they were the school that showed the most interest in that they truly wanted me to be a part of their program. With that, it is a terrific school, in a great city (Indianapolis), and was a good distance from home.

  1. What was the best game and the biggest play you made as a high school player?

Matthew Shiltz: We were coming off a tough loss the first game of our senior season and we had our second game on the road against McHenry. I ended up for throwing 363 yards and 6TD’s. It was a great way to bounce back but at the same time it was a great team win to help get us back on track for the rest of the season.

  1. What was you big “Welcome to College Football” Moment?

Matthew Shiltz: My big welcome to college football moment was my freshman year, only a few weeks in at Butler, we had a live scrimmage and the QB’s were live. There was some miscommunication between the offensive line and myself, as we are just learning the playbook, and a blitz from my blindside was not picked up. Our outside linebacker had a clean hit and laid the wood. From that point on I always emphasized our protection in our play call and made sure we are all on the same page.

  1. What is your current height/weight and what are your testing numbers?

Matthew Shiltz:

Height- 6’2 3/8

Weight- 200

Hand- 9.75”

40- 4.62 laser; 4.5 hand-timed

Short- Shuttle-4.28

Vertical- 36”

Broad- 10’1’’

3 cone- 7.15

  1. How have the systems and staffs at your school impacted your development?

Matthew Shiltz: The entire staff has done a tremendous job during my time at butler. From head coach, to offensive coordinator, to the athletic trainers, to the strength and conditioning coaches, to the academic support staff…they have all done everything they could to make me a better player and person and do whatever they could to make the team better. My head coach, who is also the Quarterbacks coach, helped me develop and taught me so much about reading coverage and processing information quickly and how to adapt to various situations in order to perform under pressure and when the play may break down.

  1. Which coaches have had the greatest impact on you and why?

Matthew Shiltz: Along with my head/position coach, and offensive coordinator, the strength and conditioning staff has helped me out tremendously. Coming into college I was about 6’0’’ and 170 pounds. Through their program, I was able to put on 30 pounds and fill my frame as I grew another couple inches. With that, during my training for combines/pro days, the staff was willing to work with me on combine drills for technique and speed and significantly helped me improve all of my testing numbers. The staff that worked with me consists of Jim Peal (Head strength coach), Chance Kuehn, and Donnie Gumble.

  1. How hard was to adjust to the verbiage, system and play-book and when did you feel 100% comfortable?

Matthew Shiltz: Coming in as a freshman there definitely was a learning curve during the first week of camp, however after a full camp I felt comfortable with verbiage but would consistently develop and learn the system as I developed. After my freshman year, our entire verbiage changed and mechanics with a no-huddle system were installed. So we spent a lot of time working on how to efficiently run a no huddle system with all code words and signals. Luckily, the schemes and play-book didn’t really change, but rather it was just the verbiage that the offense had to get used to. 0However, by the time I started as a Junior, I was completely confident in the entire system and felt comfortable operating the offense with all checks, audibles, and most importantly the protections.

  1. Who have been your favorite teammates, and why?

Matthew Shiltz: It is so hard to name a favorite teammate or favorite teammates because all of them are so important and every teammate I’ve had I am thankful for having the opportunity to share the field and locker room with. But I have lived with a few guys on the team over the last couple years and we have really developed a great relationship and rely on each other throughout the course of a year. With that, I love working with the younger quarterbacks and help them develop on the meeting room, on the practice field, and any other way I can help them improve as a leader.

  1. Who have been your favorite opponents and why?

Matthew Shiltz: My favorite opponents have been when we play a larger opponent or ranked opponent in the FCS. My first year we played at Youngstown St. and that was the first ranked opponent I played against and was a great experience. This past year we played Indiana St. and they are another great team. Both of these games were on the road and they come from great conferences, so it’s great competition and shows where we needed to be as a team to compete with the best of the best in the FCS. With that, I love playing in our rivalry games against Dayton, Drake, and Valparaiso. When these games roll around on the schedule there is always a little added energy and hype in the game day atmosphere and both teams usually play to their best ability

  1. If you could put together a list of your favorite players to watch or emulate, who is on that list and why?

Matthew Shiltz: I love to watch Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. These 3 are arguably 3 of the best QBs of my generation that I watched while growing up and they know the Xs and Os of football and are terrific leaders. They control the line of scrimmage and are able to make plays when the pocket breaks down or need to get to their 3rdand 4th reads.

  1. What NFL teams are your favorites and why?

Matthew Shiltz: My favorite team has always been the 49ers. I don’t really have a reason of why I like them so much but I would always try to watch them when I was a kid. I really liked watching Steve Young and Jerry Rice at the end of their careers and then Terrell Owens and Garrison Hearst during their time with the 49ers.

  1. Which NFL players do you think your game most closely resembles and why?

Matthew Shiltz: In terms of the style of offense that I played in at Butler, my game resembles Colin Kaepernick and Marcus Mariota. I am very mobile and can extend plays with my feet. With that, I am comfortable in the shotgun and playing the read option game. With that, I try to model my game off Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. They both have a tremendous understanding of Xs and Os and how to attack the defense. Whether it is checking at the line, changing protections, or making the tough throws over the middle or to the sidelines; they are two players I try to emulate when I play.

  1. When football is over what would you like to do with your education?

Matthew Shiltz: My current degree after I graduate will be a double major in Accounting and Management Information Systems. The typical career path would be to work in public accounting for a firm such as Ernst & Young. However, I have always wanted to get into coaching and or teaching.

  1. Finally if you could go back in time to talk to 17 year-old you, what would you tell him?

Matthew Shiltz: I would tell my 17-year-old self that the little things no only matter but they make all of the difference. This is in relation to everything that I do in life. There are so many similarities to football and life, and this saying really implies that you never really know what action, big or small, will make the difference between winning and losing. Just to always stay the course and focus on performing the current task to the best of my ability, and everything else will fall in place.

  1. And what would you do differently if you could do it all over again?

Matthew Shiltz: Honestly I wouldn’t really want to change anything over the past few years. I am thankful for all the situations I’ve been put in, both the good and the bad, because they have turned me into the person I am today.

  1. What [if any] is/are your nickname[s] and how did you get it/them?

Matthew Shiltz: People used to call me Magic Man in high school because I do a lot of magic tricks with a deck of cards. People mainly call me by my last name as Shiltz or Shilt

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am now in my fourth decade as a published writer. The Answer Newspaper first carried my sports column over 30 years ago; additionally, I am a published poet, playwright, and military historian. I am a founding member of MPAACT. I have also written for Black Sports Online, Football Reporters Online, and oversaw HBCU Scouting for Consensus Draft Services. Currently, Consensus Draft Services is in a content providing relationship with www.fanspeak.com. My broadcasting career is also long established. I have co-hosted “Local Color” on WEFT, “The Draft-Tastic 4,” and the Sports Chronicles Radio Network. I hosted “Feeling A Draft” and CDS “Pro Prospects Radio.” I have also taught broadcasting at Kennedy-King College.

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