|| Kyle Matter
A former starting quarterback, Kyle has battled a shoulder injury the past two seasons that has limited his ability to compete for playing time ... If his shoulder returns to full health, he will be a factor in Stanford's depth at quarterback ... He may also see some action at wide receiver ... In his fifth season on The Farm, he worked out as a wide receiver during the '05 spring and showed that he could be a contributor ... He will once again be the team's holder on PATs and field goals ... After redshirting the 2001 season as a true freshman, Kyle started six games in 2002 and threw for 1,219 yards and eight touchdowns ... He was a backup in 2003 ... Throughout his career, Kyle has played in 13 games at QB, six as a starter, and completed 127-of-232 (.547) for 1,319 yards and eight TDs.
The 2005 Season: Game-By-Game Statistics
The 2004 Season: Backup quarterback and holder on field goals and PATs ... A shoulder injury prevented Kyle from playing quarterback, but he still earned his third letter as a team's holder ... Season highlight was an 11-yard touchdown run vs. top-ranked USC on a fake field goal attempt ... Honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 honors.
The 2003 Season: Stanford's No. 3 quarterback in 2003, Kyle played in three games and completed 11-of-18 for 100 yards ... He was 0-for-1 in the season opener vs. San Jose State ... In game No. 6 at Oregon, he completed three-of-seven for 37 yards ... He also had a 20-yard run vs. the Ducks ... In the season finale against Notre Dame, Kyle completed eight-of-10 for 63 yards ... He was named First-Team Academic All-Pac-10.
The 2002 Season: Expected to compete for the No. 2 quarterback spot, Kyle wound up starting six games and playing in 10 of 11 in his redshirt freshman season ... He started the season opener at Boston College and the final five games of the year ... Played in every game except at Notre Dame in game No. 4 ... Completed 116-of-214 for 1,219 yards and eight touchdowns ... Earned honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 recognition ... Named to The Sporting News' All-Pac-10 Freshman Team ... Became the first freshman quarterback - true or redshirt - to lead the team in passing since Steve Stenstrom in 1991 ... In his first collegiate start, Kyle was impressive in facing Boston College on the road ... He threw for a season-high 244 yards after completing 17-of-27, including an 80-yard pass play to Teyo Johnson and a seven-yard TD to Johnson ... While playing in four of the next five games in a reserve role, Matter was 28-of-46 (.609) for 336 yards and two touchdowns ... He was seven-for-eight for 123 yards and one touchdown vs. San Jose State in Stanford's first win of the season ... In the team's second win, he came off the bench to complete seven-of-10 for 71 yards against Arizona ... He started he final five games of the year vs. UCLA, Oregon, USC, Oregon State and California ... Threw two touchdown passes vs. USC and Oregon State.
The 2001 Season: Redshirted the season as a true freshman quarterback.
In High School: A consensus Prep All-American from Hart High School ... Rated the fifth best quarterback prospect in the nation by SuperPrep ... Also rated No. 30 on SuperPrep's Elite 50 list of the nation's top recruits ... Rated as one of the top 12 passing quarterbacks in the nation by Max Emfinger ... Selected to compete in the Shriners' California-Texas All-Star Game ... Compiled a 26-2 record as Hart's starting quarterback in '99 and '00 ... Led his team to two straight CIF Southern Section Division III Championships ... In those two seasons, he completed 527-of-798 passes (66.0 percent) for 7,528 yards with 81 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and five rushing TDs ... Named the SuperPrep Far West Offensive Player of the Year ... As a senior, completed 287-of-439 passes for 3,754 yards with 33 touchdowns and only nine interceptions ... A Student Sports All-American as a junior and senior, and a two-time Cal-Hi Sports All-State selection ... Following his senior season, earned honors as CIF Southern Section Division III Player of the Year, First-Team All-CIF Southern Section, Los Angeles Times Valley Player of the Year, Foothill League Player of the Year and Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year ... Named CIF Southern Section Division III Player of the Year and First-Team All-CIF Southern Section after his junior season ... Played three years of basketball ... Member of the California Scholastic Federation.
Personal Information: Working on a Master's and Bachelor's in Management Sciences and Engineering.
Getting To Know: Kyle Matter
The reason I love football is: It's both a physical and mental game
My favorite pre-game ritual is: Eating Peanut Butter and Jelly on toast for breakfast
My greatest athletic moment is: Scoring my first touchdown at BC in 2002
My favorite stadium in which to play is: Rose Bowl
A friend from another college football team is: Chris Frome, Notre Dame
The reason I chose Stanford University is: To challenge myself at the best university in the country
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: The value of hard work
The best thing about Stanford is: Springtime
My favorite class at Stanford is: High-Tech Entrepreneurship
My least favorite class at Stanford is: Probabilistic Analysis
The sports team I followed when I was younger: Chicago Bulls
The athlete I admire most is: Art Matter, Ritenour High `67
The person I admire most is: Jim Stump
The three people in history I admire most are: Jesus, Caleb, Paul
Best book I have read: Matthew in The Bible
Favorite food: Mom's Mexican Chicken
Least Favorite food: Cucumbers and Watermelon
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on: PB&J
Favorite movie: The Count of Monte Cristo
Favorite TV show: The Simpsons, Family Guy
If a movie were made of my life, I would have the following actor play me: Alan Ruck (Cameron in Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
Favorite musical group or performer: Strung Out
After my Stanford career, I'd like to be remembered as: A good teammate and a tough competitor
The best advice I ever received was: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose" - Jim Eliot
The people who had the greatest influence on my life: My parents
One moment in history I wish I could have seen: Jesus walking on water
The place I'd most like to visit: Fiji
Ten years from now, I'd like to be: A devoted husband and father
My advice to youngsters: Do the right thing, work hard, and have fun.
If I won $1 million, I would: Buy a house
Last Updated: February 28, 2006