Guida: "I will run through you"

Matt Guida

Matt Guida, one of Air Force's most recent commits, has been slowed by a hamstring injury at the start of his senior season at Queen Creek High School in the Phoenix, Ariz. metro area. The six-foot, 200-pound running back rushed for more than 2,800 yards as a junior leading the Bulldogs to a Division III state championship.

Matt Guida, Air Force's one of Air Force's most recent commits, has been slowed by a hamstring injury at the start of his senior season at Queen Creek High School in the Phoenix, Ariz. metro area. The six-foot, 200-pound running back rushed for more than 2,800 yards as a junior leading the Bulldogs to a Division III state championship.

"My leg was a little dinged up in the first game of the season," Matt Guida told FalconsReport. "The plan was for me to only play if they needed me, so I ended up playing the last three quarters. Coming out of the game I didn't have any issues with my leg. In our second game, it was wet and rainy the entire game. It was after halftime when I pulled my hamstring. I've sat the past two game out and will miss the next one on Friday. I'm planning on coming back for the Saguaro game. I've been doing physical therapy and started back running at full speed."

Air Force Offensive Coordinator, Mike Thiessen, began recruiting Guida in April. The Falcons immediately clicked with Guida after Thiessen told him what they were looking for in a back.

"They wanted to bring in a big, physical rusher," he explained. "He's preached to me about power football and my game fits that script. Air Force was in the top five in rushing last year. I like how many times they run the ball because I like getting a lot of touches like I do in high school. I thought their would be a good fit for my game.

"I went to campus once this summer on an unofficial visit and Coach Thiessen showed my mother and myself the field and the campus. I felt at home, comfortable, and secure while I was there. I found it to be a great place overall."

Guida waited a few months after the visit to commit, but made his decision the week after the Falcons' second game and called Coach Thiessen.

"The education, first of all, is outstanding and they have a top notch football program," Guida said.. "I think military life will fit my personality perfectly. I like things to be regimented and structured with a clear routine. Other offers could still come my way, but I knew if any other opportunities did come I wouldn't take them anyway. I know if I work hard and bust my hump, I'll be successful. People have asked about serving five years after I graduate, but I'll only be 27 then with an option to stay in if I want to. I think it's a great investment in my future."

Although Air Force has been slow out of the gate at 1-3, they have been averaging 276 rushing yards per game. Guida hopes to continue in the tradition of bruising Falcon running backs.

"It's a young Air Force team this year," he shared. "They lost a lot on defense. Even though they've been having a rough go of it, it doesn't change the confidence I have in the program. I believe this team will battle, get some wins, and hopefully make it to another bowl game. I think they've gone to seven straight bowls so it would be nice to see them keep that going. If it doesn't work out, we'll get to one next year when I'm there.

"My biggest strength (at running back) is my ability to gain yards after contact. It's something I pride myself on and hope to have the same success at the college level. At least half of my 2,800 yards last year were after first contact. I'm not the type of back to juke people out in the open field, break their ankles, or make them look silly. If you only put and arm or a hand on me though, I'm going to run through you."

This is Guida's third year as a varsity starter at Queen Creek. As a junior he was named All-Arizona for all classifications, as well as All-State and All-Section. He was coached by Joe Germaine, a former Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (1998), but has a new head coach, Travis Schureman, as a senior. Guida reports a 4.0 GPA taking AP and honors classes. He says he has his sights on studying something in the medical field like orthopedics when he gets to college.

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