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  Wendell Mathis
Wendell Mathis

Player Profile
Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Merced, CA

High School:
Merced

Weight:
185

Position:
TB

Birthdate:
09/28/1983

Experience:
1V

UCLA — Wendell (Wen-DELL) once again figures to compete for playing time at tailback … He enjoyed a very productive Spring … He is adept at running between the tackles and also catches the ball well … Worked hard to improve his blocking in pass protection situations … He also figures to make a big contribution on special teams.

2002 — Saw action in nine games … Gained 50 yards on 18 carries for the season … Also appeared on the kickoff and punt return units of special teams … Had four carries for 14 yards in the season-opener against Colorado State … Had two carries for seven yards against Oklahoma State … Had eight attempts for 22 yards in the game at San Diego State … Had one attempt for a yard at Oregon State … Carried the ball three times for six yards at Arizona.

2001 — Did not see action in his first year in the program and still has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

HIGH SCHOOL — Earned three letters in football at Merced, CA High … PrepStar All-American (No. 7 running back in West) … SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 52 prospect) … Rated nation’s No. 56 running back by Rivals.com … All-State honorable mention (Cal-Hi Sports) … Las Vegas Sun Super 11 honorable mention … As a senior running back, he rushed for 2,026 yards and 26 touchdowns on 227 attempts, averaging 8.9 yards per carry … Also made 11 receptions for 189 yards and three scores … Returned one punt for a 57-yard touchdown and one kickoff for a 91-yard score … Had one passing touchdown … Set single-season and single-game (288 yards) school rushing records … Selected his league’s Offensive Back of the Year … Also selected All-Regional and All-League … As a junior, he rushed for 1,466 yards, caught 16 passes for 308 yards and scored 23 touchdowns overall … Also played basketball and ran track … Named first-team all-league in basketball at the point guard position as both a junior and senior … Earned honorable mention as a sophomore … As a senior, averaged 13.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists …?Averaged 9.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game as a junior … Served as captain of the basketball and football teams as a senior … Named team MVP of both sports as a senior … In track, he had a best of 10.47 in the 100 meters as a senior and 10.73 as a junior.

PERSONAL — Full Name: Wendell Louis Mathis III … Born: September 28, 1983 in Merced, CA … Parents: Wendell Mathis and Deana Deen … Has three brothers — Michael, Dion and Stephon — and a sister, Reva … Biggest thrill in sports to date was a last-second dunk in a game versus Turlock High which helped clinch his coach’s 400th career win … Lists NBA star Gary Payton as the athlete he admires and patterns his style of play after … English is his favorite class … Cousin of former Bruin basketball star and assistant coach Gerald Madkins … History major.

Varsity Statistics - W. Mathis
Rushing

Year

TCB

Yds

YL

Net

Avg

TD

Lg

2002

18

51

1

50

2.8

0

15

Career Highs
Rushing: 22 vs. SDSU, 2002


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