Chat with Boston College QB Matt Ryan
Ryan is coming off an impressive game last week, in which he threw for 435 yards in a 24-10 road upset of then-No. 14 Georgia Tech. The senior QB threw for one TD on 30-of-44 passing.
In three games this season, Ryan is averaging over 300 passing yards per game, throwing for 985 yards. He's completing nearly 60% of his passes, while having thrown for seven TDs. BC is 3-0 after having played three tough ACC opponents - Wake Forest, North Carolina State and Georgia Tech. Last season, Ryan threw for 2,942 yards and 15 TDs, finishing the year with the fifth most passing yards in school history.
Submit your questions today, using the fields below, then join Ryan for all the answers on Thursday at noon ET!
Buzzmaster (11:58 AM)
Hey everyone Matt is here!
Matt Ryan (11:59 AM)
Hey everyone! Let's go!
Tom E. (NY, NY) BC '03
How does it feel to be an early candidate for the Heisman trophy?
Matt Ryan (12:00 PM)
It is nice to be mentioned in that light. Obviously there are a lot of really good players out there, so to be mentioned with them is flattering. But I hope we continue to play well as a team and keep winning.
Matt, how much leeway does Coach Logan give you to audible?
Matt Ryan (12:01 PM)
There is a good amount of leeway. If we get a certain look there is some freedom to get out of whatever play is called. He is a pretty free-thinking coach, and allows for a lot of responsibility on the QB.
Pat M (South Boston, MA)
How have you improved your game in the off-season? How much of this is a credit to Steve Logan?
Matt Ryan (12:03 PM)
I think as a QB the more experience you have the better you can prepare. So I watched a lot of tape from last year, to improve on my mechanics and decision making. A lot of it is personal, but Coach Logan has helped a lot, and given us a great offensive system that we really enjoy playing in.
Matt - You have inched out Clemson every year now, but they appear to have their best team yet, and may be your hardest game left this season. Any concern?
Matt Ryan (12:04 PM)
Well honestly, that is down the road a bit. That has always been a tough game for us. So that is something we will concern ourselves with when we get there. Right now we are worried about Army, and doing our best to stay in the moment.
John (Chapel Hill)
What defense you have faced, or are going to face, scares you the most?
Matt Ryan (12:05 PM)
I don't know that's a tough one. Week in and week out we play some very good teams in the ACC and out of conference. So it is tough to narrow it down to one team.
Rahul (Livingston, NJ) BC '06
Is a BCS bowl a realistic goal?
Matt Ryan (12:06 PM)
I think it is a realistic goal. Our goal at the start of the year was an ACC title, and if we can do that, that puts us in a BCS bowl, and we think we have the talent, the coaches, and the chemistry to accomplish that.
KC, St. Louis, MO
Matt, is all this media attention distracting or even time consuming?
Matt Ryan (12:08 PM)
I think with the media attention you cannot let it influence you; you have to stay focused. We need to prepare the best we can. It may be distracting but you just have to take care of your own business.
What's you favorite part of playing at Boston College?
Matt Ryan (12:09 PM)
The best part of playing at Boston College is being part of a great team. Our locker room is filled with characters and so many awesome people; it is really nice to be a part of that group, and spending time with those guys and going through this whole experience with them is the most rewarding part of being a BC player.
Pat (Boston, MA) BC 04
Matt - Pino's or Presto's? Be honest.
Matt Ryan (12:10 PM)
Presto's without a question!
Hey Matt, what other schools were you considering before you chose BC.. and what put BC over the top?
Matt Ryan (12:11 PM)
There were a bunch of Big Ten and ACC schools. It came down to Iowa and BC, and I loved both schools. I just felt a little more comfortable at BC, and it was a little more close to home, and my family could come to games. It worked out and was a good fit, and I am very happy I came to BC.
Pat M (South Boston, MA)
Matty - what pro quarterbacks do you model your game after?
Matt Ryan (12:12 PM)
That's a tough one. I just try to do my own thing, but the two quarterbacks I love to follow are Brett Favre, I like his toughness, and he is awesome to watch. And then being in Boston it is hard not to love watching Tom Brady play. If you can play like him and win like he does, I don't think there is anything much better than that.
Matt (New Berlin, WI)
Matty, can you talk about the play of your offensive line especially the work of true freshman tackle Anthony Castonzo?
Matt Ryan (12:14 PM)
They have played great this year. They have stepped up against some really good defenses that bring a lot pf pressure. I have been very impressed with them. Canstonzo has done a great job as a true freshman; I have been really impressed with his ability to pickup the offense so quickly. He is a smart kid, who will continue to improve, and I think the sky is the limit for him.
Matt, where is the loudest visiting stadium that you have ever played?
Matt Ryan (12:15 PM)
It is a tie, because I think at some point you just can't hear anymore. But Clemson and Virginia Tech are the loudest. They have a great atmosphere for college football.
Anwar (Lynn, Mass.)
Matty... how difficult is it going to be to not look ahead towards heading to South Bend at 6-0?
Matt Ryan (12:17 PM)
As a football player you cannot let yourself do that. You have to stay in the moment and focus at the task at hand, and that task right now is Army. We need to be sure we are prepared for the game on Saturday and if we can continue to do that , that gives us our best chance for success.
Michael (BC '86) (Portland, ME)
Which teammate on the defense make you glad he plays with you?
Matt Ryan (12:19 PM)
Oh man, there are a bunch. But I think the number one guy is Dunbar. He plays with a lot of passion and flies around. He is a great MLB and a leader of defense. He is someone I would not want to play against.
Iceman, If there is an NFL team you could choose to play for, which one would it be?
Matt Ryan (12:20 PM)
I'd be happy to play for any, but I grew up an Eagles fan. But really, to be honest, I would be happy to play for any team.
Hey Matt. Are you or the coaching staff worried about fatigue? You've thrown 130 passes in only 3 games!
Matt Ryan (12:21 PM)
No, not worried about it at all. You just have to go out and do what it takes to win, and if that requires throwing the ball so be it.
how do you like your nickname "iceman"?
Matt Ryan (12:22 PM)
Well, it is a good nickname. People have been calling me that I think my freshman or sophomore year of high school. It has stuck around and that is a sign of a good nickname. So I enjoy it.
Matt Ryan (12:23 PM)
Thank you for your time and your questions. I appreciate you guys hanging out with me today!