Under Armour Senior Bowl Q&A: RB Matt Forte

Scout.com's Ed Thompson talked to the running back who has created a lot of buzz in Mobile while practicing for the Under Armour Senior Bowl this week -- Matt Forte out of Tulane. Learn a bit about him before watching Saturday's game, and then watch what he can do on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

Ed Thompson:  What's your experience been like at the Senior Bowl?

Matt ForteIt's been pretty much what I expected, to come out here and compete against these guys from other schools, and just have fun with everybody.  Come out here, work hard, and meet the coaches and show them what I can do as a running back.

Thompson:  You have some great offensive linemen working in front of you. How does it feel to be running behind a line like that?

Forte:  It feels great.  Those are some big guys and I haven't been around a line as big as that.  So it's something new, but it's been fun.

Thompson:  What are you hoping pro scouts will see about you as they watch this game and your practices this week, Matt?


Matt Forte pushes his way through a crowd.
AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

Forte:  I hope they notice that I'm an explosive running back.  I may be big, but I'm explosive also.  I can catch the ball out of the backfield and block for the quarterback.  I'm an every-down back. So I hope they see that and, once I meet them, that I'm a good-character guy.

Thompson:  How did you develop your pass-receiving skills?

Forte:  I think it came from when I first got to Tulane.  They had Mewelde Moore and he caught a lot of passes out of the backfield.  So I knew that, and my position coach, Greg Davis, was telling me "you're going to have to catch a lot of passes also."  We worked on it during the summer using a JUGS machine and staying after practices and catching extra balls. And it became second nature.

Thompson:  Earlier today I had the opportunity to interview former Chargers running back Natrone Means who was a really punishing runner in his own right. And I asked him if there was someone out on the field here in Mobile that reminded him a bit of himself. He basically said he didn't know if there anyone with his size with the kind of feet that he had, but said that you had good size and banged the ball up in there pretty well.  He was very impressed by you. What do you think about that?

Forte:  That's a great compliment coming from a guy like that.  That shows you that I've been turning some heads, and I just hope to continue to do that and play my hardest so I can hopefully turn some more heads.

Thompson:  Is there anything you'd like to say to the Tulane fans who will be rooting for you this weekend?

Forte:  Let them know I'm out here and I'm doing my thing.  Let them know that I still remember them and I'm going to represent for Tulane.

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