Over the next few days, Bethel University’s Seth Mathis is getting a shot at the NFL.
The Division III linebacker has demonstrated outstanding athletic ability during his four years at Bethel. His junior year, Mathis led the Royals with five interceptions and 120 tackles. In fact, he LB ranked No. 25 in the nation with that tackle total.
It was that season that proved Mathis had very real potential to move onto the pro level — in December 2012, Mathis even met with a representative from the Dallas Cowboys and was given a standardized intelligence test called the Wonderlic, which is taken by all NFL prospects.
Mike Fregeau, Bethel’s Defensive Coordinator, said the following about Mathis:
“Seth was an outstanding player for us here at Bethel [...] He’s extremely talented with great speed and strength and has incredible instincts for the game! [Seth is a] great teammate both in the sense of bringing out the best of his teammates, but also caring about them like a brother. He would much rather play hard for his teammates and have someone else get the credit.”
Mathis finished his time at Bethel as a two-time AFCA All-American and three-time All-MIAC linebacker. As a senior, he intercepted 11 passes, forced six fumbles, and grabbed 3.5 sacks. He currently stands No. 1 in the Royals program with 361 career tackles.
Royals inside linebackers coach Rick Meyer also had nothing but good things to say about Mathis:
Seth has grown himself into an incredible man and player through years of demanding physical and mental preparation. His discipline and dedication to himself, his teammates, and the game are truly admirable. Moreover, what makes Seth exceptional is his ability to make everyone else around him better not only because of his tremendous athleticism and talent but equally because of his pure heart and humble leadership abilities. When he plays hard, everyone else follows. That’s the sign of a true leader. Fortunately for our football team, he gave unbelievable effort in every opportunity year round. These actions from a star player left a lasting impression on his team, his teammates, and the entire program.
[Mathis] is seasoned and ready to take the next step as a player and man. Knowing his personality, he is embracing the opportunity to learn, grow, and prove himself. Coming from Division III he knows the mountain is a little steeper, but he is well-equipped for a great climb.
Although Mathis remains undrafted, he hopes to impress the Vikings staff this weekend and earn a free agency contract for the upcoming season.
“I know [the training camp] will be highly challenging,” said Mathis, “but my goal is to prove to coaches and scouts that I slipped through the cracks and belong at the next level.”