EDH Athlete of the Week: Matt JennerBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
It’s pretty amazing what Matt Jenner has done.
After playing wide receiver for Oak Ridge High’s varsity football team through the first 10 games of the season, he moved to quarterback for the first two playoff games with Marco Baldacchino injured and has looked like he’s played there all season. Not only have the Trojans won both games handily, but Jenner has completed 25-of-37 passes for 479 yards and 11 touchdowns against no interceptions.
“It’s great to see Matt excel,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said. “He’s played well, especially considering the amount of snaps he’s gotten. He’s very coachable; he’s a smart player, and he’s good tools to work with. I think our playing calling has also been good, which has helped Matt succeed.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after finishing high school?
Matt Jenner: I plan on attending a four-year college and hope to continue playing
FT: Do sports run in your family?
MJ: Yes, my dad played football and baseball at Cordova and then at the University of Pittsburgh. My older brother Brad played football at Folsom.
FT: How long have you been playing football and how did you get your start in it?
MJ: I've been playing football as long as I can remember either flag football or a pick up game at recess. I started playing tackle football in fifth grade.
FT: Do you have any pre-game rituals? If so, explain.
MJ: Before every game, I have a ham and turkey sandwich from Sourdough & Co followed by a 20-30 minute nap.
FT: How has the season gone for you up to this point as a receiver?
MJ: The season has gone well. I have really enjoyed playing receiver and contributing to our team's success.
FT: You played all season at receiver, but when Marco Baldacchino injured his knee, you started the first playoff game at quarterback and threw six to touchdown passes. How do you explain or what do you attribute that success to? Have you gotten many reps at quarterback during practice this season? Any nerves on game day? How did you deal with them?
MJ: I have gotten minimal reps until last week but I went into the first round of playoffs feeling very confident because of our tough defense and strong game plan. Our success on offense started with great play up front, providing me with the time I needed to throw the ball and our receivers did a excellent job at getting open.
FT: When’s the last time you played quarterback full-time?
MJ: Freshman season.
FT: It’s been a long time since you’ve been quarterback. What do you like about playing the position?
MJ: I like playing quarterback because I get to be involved in every offensive play and I really enjoy throwing the football.
FT: Are you involved in other activities at Oak Ridge besides football?
MJ: Yes, I also play baseball.
FT: What’s your favorite class at school and why?
MJ: Italian because you learn something new everyday, and I like learning about the Italian culture.
FT: Favorite Food?
FT: Favorite music?
MJ: I listen to rap music during football season and country music during baseball season.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them?
MJ: I have a dog named Titan. He is a 100-pound Doberman that thinks he is a lap dog.
FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
MJ: When I am not playing baseball or football, I love to go fishing with my friends.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
MJ: My love for the game and the satisfaction of a team victory after putting in hard work at practice all week.
FT: What are your career goals? What job/profession are you interested in?
MJ: I would like to play ball as long as possible. I plan on studying business in college, and a career in a sports-related field would be a dream come true.