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Matt Ludeman
Position: Graduate Assistant
City/State: Oak Creek, WI
High School: Oak Creek High School
Alma Mater: Western Michigan
Graduating Year: 2007
Phone: 269-387-8645
Email: matthew.j.ludeman@wmich.edu
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Matt Ludeman enters his third season as a graduate assistant with the Bronco football team in 2009 but he will take one a different role this season. The former defensive end will move over to the offensive side of the ball with the departure of offensive assistant A.J. Ricker.

Utilizing his knowledge of the Bronco defense, Ludeman worked with all facets of it, scouting upcoming opponents and assisting the defensive staff to establish and implement game plans in 2008, a season that saw WMU rank second in the MAC in sacks and participate in its second bowl game in three seasons.  Ludeman was a starting defensive end during the Broncos last trip to a bowl game and coached in his first on Dec. 30, 2008 against Rice in the Texas Bowl.

Ludeman supported a defense that in 2007 led the Mid-American Conference in pass efficiency defense, ranked second in sacks and fourth in total defense, pass defense and tackles for loss.  Much of his work was done after the game and off the field as he worked to scout upcoming WMU opponents.

Ludeman was the emotional leader of a defensive unit that led the nation in sacks per game and interceptions. The Oak Creek, Wis., native recorded a pair of picks in the final two games of his collegiate career. His first came on a deflected pass against Akron (11/24/06) and his last came in the second quarter of the International Bowl against Cincinnati (1/6/07).

Making 17 starts over his career, seven at defensive end as a senior, Ludeman finished his time as a Bronco student-athlete with 54 total tackles (20 solo), 9.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.

His career high in tackles, six, came against a highly touted Bowling Green team in October of 2005. Ludeman not only made half a dozen stops, but he also sacked then Falcon Omar Jacobs, forcing a fumble that was recovered for a touchdown in a 45-14 victory on the road.

Ludeman (25/DOB:1-27-84) received his bachelors degree in criminal justice and sociology from Western Michigan University in May of 2007.  He also participated in the 2007 USA Football Tournament held in Japan.  It was an event where teams were comprised of former collegiate football players representing their respective countries.

He and the former Jenna Ulmer, niece of 1972 All-American and 2005 WMU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Larry Ulmer, were married in 2009.

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