On the eve of his fourth season at Syracuse University, tackle Matthew Bergeron has been accorded the highest mark of respect from his teammates, who have elected among the three captains of the team.
“It is the players who vote and I feel blessed to have been chosen. It says a lot about how my teammates see me as a person on and off the pitch. The offensive line players, we are often in the shadows, so it's a nice mark of recognition, ”explained Bergeron during an interview.
“I see it as a great responsibility, not as pressure. I remain myself and I do not become another person. I will continue to lead by example, whether on the field, in the classroom, in the gym or in practices. I'm always very intense in everything I do and my teammates appreciate it,” noted the man who played all 12 games last season as a left tackle.
Wind of optimism
The season begins on September 3 against Louisville, but already, optimism reigns for the athlete from Victoriaville and former Filons du Cégep de Thetford Mines. < /p>
Bergeron was indeed named on the preseason list of the East-West Shrine Bowl 1000, along with two teammates. They are also eight, including Bergeron, to appear on the preseason list of ACC conference stars, including two who are even “All American”, the list of stars in the country.
After a difficult season of one win and 10 losses in 2020, the Syracuse Orange recovered with a 5-7 record last fall. In Bergeron's eyes, it was just the beginning.
“We have a team full of talent and we foresee a big season. We have everything to go far and I'm excited to play in a Bowl. It would end my college career on a good note,” he said. unless there is a surprise, to play his last season. He will be eligible for the NFL Draft in April.
The prospect of making the leap to the pros isn't distracting him from the present moment, he assures.
“Everyone experiences this process differently. I remain humble and down to earth. The repechage is later in time. There are a lot of steps to get there.
“We have a very good team and that is what I am focusing on. I'm looking forward to the draft, but that's not what will define me. I am already happy to represent Quebec at the American university level. If I am drafted afterwards, so much the better,” he summed up. training which will begin on August 2.