WATCH: Merritt Island Native and Marshall University Long Snapper Matt Beardall Excited for NFL Draft
By Space Coast Daily // April 22, 2020
2020 NFL DRAFT COVERAGE
WATCH: Like the thousands of other NFL Draft prospects, former Merritt Island Mustang and current Marshall University student Matt Beardall’s emotions are already kicking in with the NFL Draft just four days away. (WOWK video)
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound former Merritt Island Mustang earned Conference USA first-team all-conference honors for the Thundering Herd
(WOWK) – Like the thousands of other NFL Draft prospects, Matt Beardall’s emotions are already kicking in with the NFL Draft just four days away.
“I don’t know what’s next, I don’t know where I am going its just nerves but its also excitement I’m truly really blessed to have the opportunity, its a really cool opportunity to have,” said Beardall.
The Herd was lucky enough to hold pro-day prior to COVID-19 and the Marshall Long Snapper says that could be a massive advantage.
“The biggest thing and most thankful thing I realize is that I had a Pro-day,” said Beardall.
“We had scouts there, we had special teams coordinators there, we have the exposure, unlike a lot of the schools where kids may not know what’s going on for them they didn’t get in front of the scouts, they didn’t get in front of the coaches.”
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A former Merritt Island Mustang, Beardall enjoyed an outstanding career for the Marshall Thundering Herd football team, a member of the Conference USA Eastern division.
PRESEASON (2019): Named to Patrick Mannelly Award and Senior Bowl Watch Lists … Also a preseason all-conference selection by the league’s coaches and Athlon.
JUNIOR SEASON (2018): Named to the Conference USA preseason all-conference team at long snapper … Started all 13 games for the Herd, handling all long-snapping duties … Started the Gasparilla Bowl win against USF in home state of Florida, facing younger brother, Andrew, who is a long snapper for the Bulls … For his efforts, was one of four Marshall players to earn Conference USA first-team all-conference honors after the season, joining receiver Tyre Brady, offensive lineman Levi Brown and safety Malik Gant … Enters senior season with 34 consecutive starts at long snapper.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2017): Started all 13 games at long snapper … Has started 21 consecutive games … Honored again after the season by Conference USA, which voted the long snapper onto its Conference USA all-conference honorable mention team.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2016): Forced into duty in the fourth game of the season … Debuted as the long snapper in a road game against Atlantic Coast Conference member Pittsburgh … Started nine games … One of four Marshall players to make the Conference USA all-freshman team … One of five special teams players recognized on the league’s all-freshman team.
HERD FILE: Born Dec. 11, 1997 … Class 5A all-state honorable mention selection as a long snapper.
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