Leadership, ambition, and charisma are three ways to describe junior education major Matthew Biggers, who has owned the football field in 2012.
Biggers list of accolades were extended this season, ending his sensational season as the top rusher in the Southern California Intercollegiate Conference with 1,397 total rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games, averaging 155.2 yards/game.
“He never tires in practice and gives outstanding effort. As a teammate he has become someone that all his teammates can rely on and they care about him,” said assistant football coach Rich Worsell.
After rushing for a single game school record, 304 yards, against Cal Lutheran Biggers was named SCIAC male athlete of the week and was on the D3football.com team of the week.
Biggers is now the only Leopard football player to rush for more than 300 yards in one game.
The Riverside native has been playing football since he was eight. Biggers had dreams of being a professional football player his whole life, and with all the reason.
During this past off-season Biggers took his athletic ability off the field and onto the track.
“Matt is a machine in a human’s body,” junior track and field athlete Chancise Watkins said. “His dedication and devotion is unbelievable and I would love to see Matt in the NFL, or playing overseas in 10 years or just being a loving father.”
His biggest motivation used to be to play for the NFL up until three years ago, and now his goal have shifted to focusing on his future career; teaching.
Biggers sees himself in five years having a career teaching at the high school level.
“It’s something that comes naturally to me. I’m extremely passionate about helping young athletes to get to where they want to get to through schools,” Biggers said. “You can be the best athlete you want to be in the world, but if you have no way of getting to where you want to or understanding of how to get there you’ll never get there.”
As for football he wishes to finish his senior year as the No. 1 leading rusher in the history of La Verne, and No. 1 season leading rusher in Division III.
“Matt has a passion and motivational drive that is unmatched on La Verne campus in my opinion,” senior track and field athlete Paul Turner said.
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