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  Matt Slater
Matt Slater

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Orange, CA

High School:
Servite

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 198

Position:
FS

Birthdate:
09/09/1985

Experience:
4V

UCLA CAREER NOTES-- Slater's three kickoff returns for touchdowns in the 2007 season set new UCLA records for kickoff return touchdowns in a season and a career, breaking the marks held by Maurice Drew and Brandon Breazell ... Slater also tied the Pac-10 season record, set by Anthony Davis in 1974 ... His 986 kickoff return yards in 2007 were a new UCLA school record for a season, breaking the mark of 626 set by Tab Perry in 2002 and his 34 returns were also a new season record, breaking the mark of 29, set by Tab Perry in 2000 ... His return average of 29.00 is the highest in school history among players with at least 20 kickoff returns in a season ... His 986 return yards also rank No. 4 on the UCLA career list.

2007 -- The redshirt senior was named a first-team All-American as a kick returner by SI.com ... He was named first-team All-Pacific-10 as the kick returner ... He won UCLA's Tommy Prothro Award for Outstanding Special Teams Player ... Slater appeared in all 13 games ... On the year, Slater averaged 29.00 yards on 34 kickoff returns ... He ranked first in the Pac-10 and 12th in the NCAA in kickoff return average ... He also was tied for the national lead with his three touchdowns on kickoff returns ... His 986 yards were a new UCLA school record, breaking the mark of 626 set by Tab Perry in 2002 and his 34 returns were also a new record, breaking the mark of 29, set by Tab Perry in 2000 ... His average of 29.00 is the highest in school history among players with at least 20 kickoff returns in a season ... He made 25 tackles on the year ... He also tied for 15th in the Pac-10 in fumbles forced (0.15) and was 17th in all-purpose yards (75.85) ... Slater contributed on various special teams versus Stanford in the season-opener. ... He averaged 33.0 yards on two kickoff returns and made four tackles (three solos) ... Against BYU, he averaged 23.7 yards on three kickoff returns, had one tackle and forced a fumble ... At Utah, he made three tackles, including a sack on which he also caused a fumble and averaged 19.0 yards on six kickoffs ... Against Washington, he returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to give UCLA a 38-24 lead with 9:33 remaining in the game following a Husky touchdown ... On the night, he returned three kickoffs for 127 yards (42.3 average) and made four solo tackles ... He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts ... At Oregon State, he averaged 24.3 yards on three returns, made two solo tackles and also recovered a fumble by OSU on a kickoff return ... Against Notre Dame, he averaged 22.0 yards on three kickoff returns, with a long of 28, and made one solo tackle ... Against California, he had one kickoff return for 49 yards and made two tackles (one solo) ... At Washington State, he averaged 30.0 yards on three returns with a long of 42 yards ... Against Arizona, he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score and added a 24-yard return ... He was the first Bruin since Brandon Breazell in 2005 to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same season ... The 100-yard return was also tied for third longest in UCLA history ... Against Arizona State, he returned a kickoff 89 yards for his third touchdown of the season ... On the day, he had four returns for 148 yards and one touchdown ... Against Oregon, he made three tackles ... He made one assist and did not return a kickoff versus USC ... In the Las Vegas Bowl, he returned four kickoffs for 58 yards and made one solo tackle.

2006 -- He appeared in all 13 games, including two (Washington and Arizona) on defense ... Excelled on kick coverage, specializing on big hits on kick returners to help minimize kick return yardage ... On the year, he made nine tackles, including six solos.

2005 -- A reserve wide receiver, he missed the first three games due to a stress reaction in his left leg ... When he returned, it was hard to work his way into the receiver rotation ... Saw action in two games (15 snaps against Oregon State and nine at Stanford) but did not make a reception.

2004 -- Saw limited action as a second-year freshman ... Appeared in games against Illinois, Arizona and Stanford.

2003 -- Did not see action in his first season in the program and has one season of eligibility remaining ... Was handicapped the first few weeks of practice with `turf toe` and by the time he was healthy, it was decided he should redshirt.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Lettered in football for two seasons for coach Larry Toner at Servite HS in Anaheim, CA ... All-West selection by Prep Star ... Three-star selection by rivals.com ... Rated No. 75 prospect in the West by rivals.com ... Ranked No. 56 nationally among receivers by rivals.com ... Two-time All-Serra League selection ... As a senior, he made 39 receptions for 707 yards and five touchdowns ... Standout performer in track for coach Richard Gibbs, he finished second (tied) at the CIF State meet in the 100m (10.67) and fourth in the 200m (21.39) ... His 4 x 100m relay team was CIF champion ... Selected 2003 Orange County Register Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year as a senior ... As a junior, he made 23 catches for 333 yards and two touchdowns ... Won the CIF Division III 100 and 200 meters ... Owns Servite school records in the 100 (10.62) and 200 meters (21.39).

PERSONAL -- Full Name: Matthew Wilson Slater ... Born: September 9, 1985 ... Parents: Jackie and Annie Slater ... Father is a former Los Angeles Ram and NFL Hall of Fame offensive lineman ... Has one brother, David ... Lists his biggest athletic thrill to date as turning a disappointing senior track season around with a second place finish in the State 100 meter event ... NFL receiver Isaac Bruce is the athlete he admires most and after whom he patterns his style of play ... Enjoys participating in Children Ministries with his Church in his spare time ... Director's Honor Roll in Spring 2004, Spring 2005 and Winter 2007 ... Political Science major.


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