UCLA - Matt enters his senior season competing with junior Oscar Cabrera for playing time at the left guard position ... Knows the offense inside and out ... Possesses an excellent work ethic ... A smart, versatile performer who has played all of the line positions during his career.
1998 - As a junior, he was the team's No. 4 offensive guard, seeing action on both sides ... On the year, he appeared in five games on offense ... Started at left guard against Houston after playing most of the opener (Texas) following an injury to Oscar Cabrera ... Played 54 snaps versus Texas, 37 at Houston and 13 against Washington State and Arizona ... Was also a regular on the PAT/field goal unit.
1997 - Served as the primary reserve behind Shawn Stuart at center ... Appeared in nine of the final 10 games on offense, missing only versus USC ... Played 28 snaps versus Houston and 16 at Texas ... Also participated on special teams.
1996 - Saw very limited action on the line as a second-year freshman, playing 13 snaps against Northeast Louisiana ... Also participated on special teams versus Tennessee and NLU.
1995 - Did not play with the varsity in his first year with the program.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three seasons at offensive and defensive tackle for coach Steve Hagerty at Paraclete High in Lancaster, CA ... Member of Blue Chips Illustrated All-America team ... Earned Cal-Hi Sports Small Schools All-State honors ... Named All-CIF in Division X in 1994 ... Selected to the All-Antelope Valley Press team at offensive tackle in both the 1993 and 1994 seasons ... All-league selection at offensive tackle as a junior and senior and at defensive tackle in 1992 as a sophomore ... Team MVP and team captain as a senior in 1994 ... Team offensive MVP as a junior ... Also earned three letters in basketball for coaches Andy Lavel and Allen Adams ... Three-time letterwinner in track for coach Eric Riegert ... Competed in both the shot and discus, winning the CIF Division IV shot put championship as a junior ... Has a personal best of 53-11 in the shot put ... Served as student body president as a senior in 1994-95.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Matthew David Phelan ... Parents: Geoffrey and Donna Rae Phelan ... Born: October 15, 1976 in Sherman Oaks, CA ... Has three sisters (Elisha, Elizabeth, Amiee) and one brother, Geoffrey ... Lists reading, debating and politics as hobbies ... Aspires to hold political office ... Earned spot on Director's Honor Roll in Spring 1997 (3.20 GPA), Winter 1998 (3.23), Spring 1998 (3.33), Fall 1998 (3.10) and Winter 1999 (3.80) ... Pre-Political Science major.