Matt Muh earned Bucknell’s starting quarterback job during preseason camp and has thrown for 504 yards and three touchdowns to date, connecting with 10 different receivers. A year ago, he started four games and led the Bison in passing yards (847) and tied for the team lead in touchdown throws (4). He also handled punting duties in four games and averaged nearly 37 yards per punt.
Q: What did it mean for you to win the starting quarterback job as a senior?
A: It was an honor for sure. All five of us had a great competition during camp, and John Chiarolanzio is a great quarterback. I was really happy the coaching staff decided to go with me. It meant a lot. I got hurt last year, and it was really nice to be able to come back from that and earn the starting job.
Q: Last year, you also filled in at punter. Can you talk a little about that experience?
A: Punting is something I’ve always done. My sophomore year, they needed an extra punter, and I said, ‘Hey, I can punt if you need me to do.’ I’m not as skilled as Alex Pechin, but, when they need me to do it, I go out and do it. When I showed up freshman year, I never expected to punt a single ball here. It just wasn’t part of my plan, but it’s how it worked out, and I do enjoy punting. But, now, it’s nice to be able to focus on the quarterback position. I like being able to zero in on it.
Q: How did you get involved in football, and what made you want to be a quarterback?
A: My dad, Doug, played quarterback and punted at UConn so it was always something I was interested in. He really is my inspiration. But it wasn’t only my dad raised me to be a quarterback; I just like being in control of everything and having the ball in my hands. I feel like I’m directing everything, and it’s where I’m most comfortable in the offense.
Q: When you were making your college decision, why did you choose Bucknell?
A: The main reason was I wanted a school with good academics and good football. I looked around the Patriot League schools a lot, and Bucknell was the one that really stood out to me. About four years ago, I was working out with a guy who told me, ‘You know, you should go to Bucknell one day. I was just out there, and I know you’d love it.’ And he was right; I went out on a visit, and I loved it right away.
Q: What’s your major, and why did you decide to pursue it?
A: I’m a political science and geography double major. I chose political science because I want to go to law school, and political science will help me get there. My sister, Heather, is actually in law school at Drexel, and she loves it. So that’s definitely made me even more excited to go myself.
Q: What made you want to practice law?
A: I’m not really sure what got me into it, to be honest. I’ve always liked reading case studies, and I enjoy constitutional law. I’m probably going to go into corporate law. What I’d like to do with my law degree is somehow stay involved in sports. It would be cool to get into some kind of sports agency and write up contracts. That’s where I want to be.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Lewisburg?
A: I love everything about it, especially the downtown area. Whenever my family comes up for games, I like to go downtown with them. It’s unique and something you can’t really get anywhere else. My parents love it because it’s like a step back in time. They like walking around the streets and going to all of the stores. The food is also really great in Lewisburg, especially Wing Night at The Towne Tavern.
Q: If you tried out for America’s Got Talent, what would your talent be?
A: I’d probably be one of those people who’d get laughed off the stage. I can’t sing for my life. I can’t dance. I’m just a boring guy (laughs).
This Q&A originally ran in the program for Bucknell's game against Sacred Heart on Sept. 23, 2017.