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  Matthew Clark
Matthew Clark

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pacoima, CA

High School:
Cleveland

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 183

Position:
CB

Birthdate:
01/18/1983

Experience:
3V

UCLA -- This talented youngster did a fine job as a starter last season and figures to be even more aggressive with a season as a starter under his belt... He won the job in Fall camp and started 12 of 13 games in 2003 ... He was one of just three true freshmen to play in 2001 ... Matt possesses outstanding quickness and great feet, two fine attributes in a cornerback ... He also has good closing speed ... Most consistentent secondary player during Spring Practice.

2003 -- Started all 12 games in which he played ... Finished seventh on the team with 53 tackles ... Made his first career start in the Colorado game and made eight tackles, including seven solo stops ... Sat out the Illinois game in order to clear up an NCAA eligibility matter ... Returned to the lineup at Oklahoma and had six tackles and made the first interception of his career ... Made three tackles against San Diego State ... Registered seven tackles in the win over Washington ... Made one stop at Arizona ... Credited with five tackles against Cal ... Made four tackles in the win over Arizona State ... Contributed six stops at Stanford ... Made one tackle at Washington State ... Had two tackles, including one for loss against Oregon ... Made five tackles at USC, including one for loss ... Also returned a blocked PAT for a defensive two-point score at USC ... Made five tackles in the bowl game against Fresno State ... Returned two kickoffs for a 13.0 average ... Played at least 60 snaps in 11 of his 12 games, including 80 against California, 79 at Arizona and 78 versus Colorado and Washington.

2002 -- Appeared in 11 games and sat out the Stanford and Washington games due to injury ... Saw action in 39 plays in the USC game ... Had over 20 plays of action on defense in the games against Colorado State, Oklahoma State, Arizona and USC ... Played on the punt return, kickoff return and field goal block units on special teams ... Had one tackle for loss in the season-opener against Colorado State ... Had two tackles in the Oklahoma State game ... Had one stop at San Diego State and blocked a punt which was returned for a touchdown ... Had two tackles at Arizona and one in the USC game ... Returned three kickoffs for 59 yards and a 19.7 yard average ... Had one punt return for 21 yards ... Forced a fumble.

2001 -- He was one of just three true freshmen to earn playing time ... Saw action in 10 games overall (missed Kansas game) ... Participated on special teams in nine games ... Appeared in four games as a defensive back ... He played nine defensive snaps versus California and eight against Washington ... Returned four kickoffs for 108 yards and a 27.0 average, the highest on the team ... His 37-yard return versus Oregon was the team's longest of the year and he also had a 36-yard return against Arizona State.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Played four years of football at Cleveland High in Reseda, CA for coach Bill Paden ... PrepStar All-American (No. 9 `athlete' in the West) ... SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 76 prospect) ... Rated nation's No. 43 cornerback by rivals.com ... Selected second-team L.A. Times All-Valley as a defensive back ... Co-Offensive Player of the Year in his league ... Selected to play in CaliFlorida All-Star game, the California/Texas Shrine game and the National Shrine game ... Rushed for 1,599 yards and 15 touchdowns on 203 attempts ... Also returned three kickoffs (80, 98, 88) for touchdowns ... Had a best game of 309 yards rushing on 17 carries and four touchdowns versus El Camino Real High ... Had four career interceptions and rushed for a career total of 2,053 yards ... Also ran track and had a best of 10.71 in the 100 meters.

PERSONAL -- Full Name: Matthew Terrell Clark ... Born: January 18, 1983 ... Parents: Matthew and Barbra Clark ... Has four older sisters ... Cousin is former Bruin and now Philadelphia Eagle defensive back Matt Ware ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as a win over Taft High which clinched the conference championship for his team in his junior year ... Has a similar style to former NFL wide receiver and kick returner Jacquez Green ... Hobbies include playing video games and doing group activities ... Has an interest in a career in the business world ... History major.

Varsity Statistics - M. Clark
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

INT

2001

3

3-0

0

0

0

2002

7

5-2

0

1-3

0

2003

53

38-15

0

2-4

1-0-0

Totals

63

46-17

0

3-7

1-0-0

Kickoff Returns

Year

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Lg

2001

4

108

27.0

0

37

2002

3

59

19.7

0

23

2003

2

26

13.0

0

17

Totals

9

193

21.4

0

37


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