JUCO transfer gets start, big win
Matt Goggans, first starting white quarterback at NCCU, throws for 223 yards and a TD
Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 17:09
Saturday night, junior transfer Matt Goggans made history by becoming the first white quarterback to start a game for N.C. Central University. “It was a good experience,” Goggans said. “It feels good to play Division I football. It was really hard to get to.”
Goggans transferred from Fullerton College, a junior college in California midway through last year. The decision to come to NCCU was an easy one for the 6-foot-3, 225 pound quarterback.
NCCU was Goggans’ lone Division I offer, and he was also familiar with the Eagles’ offense so it wouldn’t be hard for him to learn the playbook. He could come in and make an impact immediately.
And that he did. After a lengthy battle this past summer with redshirt junior Jordan Reid and redshirt freshman Quenton Rucker, Goggans was announced the starting quarterback on Aug. 30.
“He’s a gamer,” NCCU head coach Henry Frazier III said. “I think he’s going to get better as the season progresses.”
Frazier said Goggans has shown he has the ability to lead on the field. He added that leadership skills, coupled with a dynamic arm make for qualities every coach wants.
“He has a ton of confidence,” Frazier said. “I’m looking forward to coaching him more.”
The transition from JUCO to a Division I program has been a smooth one for Goggans. However, he says he will have to get used to the game crowds and more people knowing who he is. After Saturday’s game Goggans came back to a Facebook page full of messages from alumni congratulating him on the win.
Race doesn’t play a factor for NCCU’s football team. Coach Frazier says the kids on the team say Goggans has a little swagger about him.
“The team is like a brotherhood,” Goggans said.