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  Matt Stanley
Matt Stanley

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Columbus, OH

High School:
Bexley

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 243

Position:
Fullback

Birthdate:
04/27/1979

UCLA — Matt figures to battle with Ed Ieremia-Stansbury for playing time at fullback throughout the 2001 season … A veteran player who is a dependable blocker and a steady performer, he was awarded a scholarship in the Fall of 1999 after spending two years on the squad as a walk-on … He possesses great size and strength … He did not participate in Spring Practice while rehabilitating his right shoulder from off-season surgery.

2000 — Matt began the season as the No. 1 fullback, starting against both Alabama and Michigan (UCLA did not start a fullback versus Fresno State) … He injured his shoulder versus the Wolverines and missed three of the next five games … Stanley appeared in a total of nine games, including six on offense … He played 27 snaps versus Fresno State and 20 against Alabama … A fine blocker, he did not carry the ball … On the year, he made three receptions for 24 yards, including two for 27 yards in the opener against Alabama … He also contributed on the kickoff return and punt coverage teams.

1999 — Appared in nine of 11 games on offense … Fulfilled a lifelong dream when he started at Ohio State (he grew up in Columbus and attended high school there) … Scored on a 67-yard pass play when he picked up a deflected pass off the back of Freddie Mitchell and ran the length of the field for a touchdown … Played at least 10 snaps on five occasions, including 34 at Ohio State and 31 versus Boise State … He also played regularly on the kickoff, kickoff return, punt and point after touchdown units … On the year, he carried the ball 10 times for 28 yards and also made five receptions for 84 yards and one touchdown.

1998 — Saw very limited action, playing three snaps at fullback against Washington State … Carried once for 29 yards against the Cougars, his only attempt of the year.

HIGH SCHOOL — Earned four letters in football under coach Steve Podlasiak at Bexley High in Columbus, OH … As a senior in 1996, he earned second-team All-State and first-team All-District and All-Columbus acclaim … Selected team MVP … Rushed for 1,460 yards and scored 25 touchdowns as a senior … During his career, he rushed for over 4,000 yards and scored 48 TDs … Also earned three varsity letters in basketball and two each in baseball and track … In basketball, he averaged 10 points and six rebounds as a senior … In 1997, earned All-State honors in the 100 high hurdles.

PERSONAL — Full name: Matthew Charles Stanley … Born: April 27, 1979 in Pasadena, CA … Parents: Steve and Lisa Stanley … Has one sister, Robin … Patterns his style of play after Mike Alstott of the Tampa Bay Bucs … Father Steve and uncle Jim both played football for UCLA in the 1960s … Steve was a three-year letterman (1965-67) and played fullback on the 1965 Rose Bowl team … Jim played defensive end in 1960 and 1962-63 … Mother and several other relatives also attended UCLA and Matt wanted to continue a family tradition … Earned spot on Director’s Honor Roll in Winter 2001 (3.13 GPA) Sociology major.

Varsity Statistics - M. Stanley
Rushing

Year

TCB

Yds

YL

Net

Avg

TD

Lg

1998

1

29

0

29

29.0

0

29

1999

10

29

1

28

2.8

0

13

2000

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

Totals

11

58

1

57

5.2

0

29


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