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The Adams County Record Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Page 13 S Continued frorn front page that fall. He had academic scholarships, but no ath- letic ones. Even so, his high school record had caught the eye of the coaching staff and they gave him a "walk- on" invitation. It is rare for an athlete from a FA school to qualify for a foot- ball team on BSU's level. "Originally, I didn't even think I had a shot to play college football because no one does it from a small school;' Paradis said. "When (then-offensive coordinator Bryan) Harsin told me, ~M1 right, we've got a spot for you to gray- shirt: I didn't believe him. I thought he was joking. It took two weeks for it to set in." In January of 2009 he joined Bronco team, and was soon named Defensive Scout Player of the Year. During the 2010 sea- son, Matt toiled in relative anonymity, playing in only one game, against Toledo on October 9. It was late that year that he switched to playing offense. As a sophomore in 2011, Matt was one of three Broncos to start at center. He played in eight games, starting his first-career game against Tulsa on September 24. Boise State football coach Chris Petersen, offensive Pete Kwiatkowski say they always thought Paradis' tal- ents could be better used in a different slot on the team. That slot has turned out to be starting center for the Broncos in their 2012 season as what the Idaho Statesman calls "one of the team's most promising offensive linemen" "You could tell he was a hard-working, tough guy and was pretty athletic, but we could see he was best- suited for the offensive side of the ball;' Petersen said. "We had seen that for a while, and it took him a while to come around. And when he did, we weren't surprised it worked out for him." Matt's opportunity came when the team's center, Cory Yriarte, sustained a career-ending knee injury during summer condition- ing. Matt feels bad that his teammate has had to leave the team, but welcomes the opportunity. Paradis is known among his teammates for the size of his hands. He wears 3XL gloves and figures he prob- ably could wear 4XL. In a Statesman article, reporter Chad Cripe quoted defen- sive tackle Mike Addnson as calling Paradis' hands line coach Chris Strausser "death hands;' and offensive and defensive coordinator guard Joe Kellogg as calling .! FOg OV g 3g CALDWELL 454-9532 BOISE 343-0471 217 Michigan (Hwy 95) Council 253-0093 Stop by and say "Hi" to Mike, Terry, Melissa, Stormi, Uthana, and Sarah. them "bear claws:' Both say it's nearly .impossible to get "free of their grasp. Other quotes from Cripe's article: Defensive tackle Mike Atkinson -- "He's improved tremendously the past year and a half. He started out as a D-lineman but has become one of the best centers we've had. He'S really taken (the position) to heart and he learns quickly." Coach Petersen -- "He'll continue to improve, but I think he's a good player and he's a great guy as well, so everybody really likes him. He's a guy you really want to root for" Because he didn't play football as a freshman, Matt is a junior in football and senior in school. He will continue his education another year after gradu- ating in order to stay on • the team. Right now he is working on a double major in business. Matt didn't have a football scholarship untillast year. Grades are a priority for BSU players, and they have to meet strict standards. Plus, you need to be sharp to play center at that level, and know how to read the other team. Freelance writer and Bronco blogger Kevan Lee wrote, "I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that the center posi- tion is the most important position on the football field. I think Paradis will be up to the challenge." The Broncos got off to a rough start on Friday, los- ing their first game of the season to Michigan State University at East Lansing, Michigan. But they were certainly not a pushover. One more touchdown would have given them a two-point victory. The game ended 17 - 13. The Record will be keep- ing an eye on Matt (num- ber 65) as his career with the Broncos continues. END OF SUMMER SMARTPHONE SALE HURRY! WHILE SUPPLIES LAST Samsun( NO REBATE ~ackBerry~ T£rch 99a NO REBATE 2 yr plan with data req~red. While supplies last on select phones Alltel Verizon Unlimitgd Talk,& 2GBTeXtData s75 '100,oo Unlimited& Talk, Text Save every ® wireless alltelwireless.com/storelocator 1-800-alltelq Verizon rate plan information was sourced online as of 8/15/12. SUBJECT TO ALLTEL TERMS AND CONDITIONS; SEE STORE OR ALLTELWIRELESS.COM We reserve the right to substitute the phone offered• Offers available in participating markets/locations for a limited time. 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