The Last Word with Matt Furstenburg

The Last Word is an occasional Baltimore Sun Q&A series that checks in with outgoing Maryland football and men's basketball players.

Matt Furstenburg came to College Park in 2008 as a well-regarded prep school tight end. Five years later, the Flemington, N.J., native leaves Maryland as the Terps' top NFL draft prospect.


Furstenburg, who finished his Maryland career with 60 catches for 769 yards and five touchdowns, is ranked the No. 11 draft-eligible tight end by

The 6-foot-4, 242-pound prospect, who earned a bachelor's degree from Maryland in family science, was the fastest tight end at the NFL scouting combine with a 4.62 40.


Furstenburg spoke with The Baltimore Sun this week about his Maryland career, his NFL prospects and more.

What are your plans for the draft?

Just watch with my family, a couple aunts, uncles, couple of my friends. Nothing too big. Just at my house [in New Jersey].

Are you stressed at all heading into this weekend?

I'm doing pretty good. [There's] nothing I can do, so whatever happens is going to happen.

What have the past few months been like for you?

Past the [NFL scouting] combine and [Maryland's] Pro Day, it's just been working out. That's basically it. Keeping myself in shape, keeping my football skills sharp.

What are you hearing from teams and your agent? Are any teams in particular interested? What round might you go?


[I'm hearing] fifth to seventh round. Some have me as a free agent. A few teams are interested.

Are there any teams in particular that you've connected with or you'd like to end up with?

Any team that picks me, I'll be good.

What do scouts like best about you?

They think that I can line up as a receiver, a slot tight end, [or] put my hand down and be a traditional tight end. They just like my physical part, too.

You played for three offensive coordinators at Maryland in James Franklin, Gary Crowton and Mike Locksley. What were the positives and negatives of that?


Well the positive is that I have a lot of offensive [experience] under me. In the NFL, you can switch offenses quickly. As you know, James Franklin was our first offensive coordinator, and he ran the traditional West Coast offense that NFL teams do. So that was a good base for me. Then we [transitioned] more to the no-huddle side. Just being able to learn different offenses and bring different aspects to each game, I think that's been very helpful.

What were the team and individual highlights of your Maryland career?

I had a 100-yard receiving game and two touchdowns against Clemson [in 2011]. That was pretty good for me.

Not bad for someone who was initially more highly recruited for lacrosse. Any regrets on making that choice five or so years ago?

No. [laughs]

What will you remember most about your time at Maryland?


Just College Park in general. It's an awesome place, a crazy college town. It's been good. It was awesome. Having 50,000 people at your games every Saturday, there's no other experience like that. It was an awesome experience that has been really good for me.

What are your plans after your football career is done?

Maybe real estate development. But I'm not sure yet. … I did a year of [graduate school at Maryland] in the real estate development program. It was good. I learned a lot. It may be something I would do down the road.