At Stanford: Now in his fifth year, Matt finds himself in position to battle for the starting berth at tight end ... He has been a backup tight end for the past three years ... Possesses excellent blocking skills and the ability to catch the ball over the middle and in traffic ... Has gained significant experience the past two seasons and may be ready to take on a more prominent role in 2001.
Coaches' Comments: "Matt has shown good ability as a run blocker. He also has improved and become a more consistent receiver. Matt has the chance to be a real solid player for us." - tight ends coach Mike Denbrock
The 2000 Season:A reserve tight end who was primarily used in blocking situations ... Started the first two games of the season at Washington State and vs. San Jose State after starter Russell Stewart was unavailable due to injury ... Earned his second varsity letter.
The 1999 Season: Stanford's No. 2 tight end behind Russell Stewart ... Earned his first varsity letter ... Most of his playing time came in two and three tight end alignments.
The 1998 Season: Used in a reserve role at tight end ... Most of his playing time occurred in two and three tight end alignments. The 1997 Season: Redshirted the '97 season as a true freshman.
In High School: One of the top recruits from the state of Florida ... Named All-American by PrepStar and All-Dixie by SuperPrep ... First-Team All-Conference and All-District and Second-Team All-State as a senior ... He had 18 receptions for 319 yards and three TDs in an offense that had two 2,000 yard rushers ... As a junior, he had 29 receptions for 454 yards and one TD and was named First-Team All-Conference and Second-Team All-District ... Was named All-Conference in basketball after his sophomore and junior seasons, averaging 20 points and 15 rebounds per game ... A commended National Merit Scholar and member of the Spanish National Honor Society.
Personal Information: English major.