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  Matt Martinez
Matt Martinez

Player Profile
Murray, Utah

High School:
Cottonwood HS






Utah vs. Georgia Tech Game Notes


Quotes from Kyle Whittingham's Weekly Press Conference


Utes Make Pac-12 All-Academic Football Team

Five of 25 first-team selections are Utes.


Football Hosts UCLA Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Utes put two-game win streak on the line.


Defense Hounds Wildcats, Utes Win 34-21

Utah had two interceptions and two blocked punts and also foiled an Arizona fake field goal attempt.


Utah vs. Georgia Tech - Sun Bowl

Utah vs. Georgia Tech - Sun Bowl

UTAH: : One-time walk-on earned a reputation for his hard hits as the two-year starting rover linebacker ... played in 41 games with 26 career starts ... three-time Academic all-MWC and Pac-12 All-Academic second team ... earned four letters.

2011-Started all 13 games at rover ... team's second-leading tackler (87) ... 8.0 TFL and 2.5 sacks ... two interceptions and a pass breakup ... season-high 11 tackles vs. Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl ... 10 tackles with a sack against USC ... nine tackles with 1.5 TFL against Colorado ... eight tackles and an interception against Arizona ... interception with six tackles, a TFL and a half sack vs. Oregon State ... five tackles and a 10-yard sack against Pittsburgh ... recovered a fumble against BYU ... blocked a punt against Montana State ... Pac-12 All-Academic second team.

2010-Honorable mention all-MWC in his first year as a starter ... started all 13 games at rover ... Utah's second-leading tackler had 91 stops ... also had 5.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, an interception and a pass breakup ... returned interception 36 yards for a touchdown against New Mexico ... had Utah's second-best tackle game of the season with 17 against BYU, which included 1.5 TFL ... 12 tackles (one TFL) against UNLV ... nine stops against Notre Dame ... Academic all-MWC.

2009-Played in 11 games ... while most of his time was on special teams, he saw action at linebacker in five games ... six total tackles ... blocked a punt out of the back of the end zone for a safety against Utah State ... two tackles against Louisville ... solo tackle against Cal in the Poinsettia Bowl ... Academic all-MWC.

2008-Played in the first three games before tearing his bicep tendon ... underwent surgery on Sept. 18 and missed the remainder of the season ... had an assisted tackle against Michigan ... lettered ... Academic all-MWC.

2007-Suffered season-ending knee injury in the first game ... played on special teams against Oregon State but did not record any statistics before the injury ... underwent surgery on Sept. 12.

2006-Redshirt ... made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned first-team all-state and all-region honors in both football and wrestling ... Cottonwood High (Utah) tackle leader had 150 total stops as a senior in 2005 ... team captain in both football and wrestling ... earned four letters in football, three in wrestling and two in track and field ... won a regional wrestling championship and finished second at the state championships ... went 38-1 as a senior wrestler ... honor roll student.

PERSONAL: Son of John and Barbara Herndon ... father participated in track and field at Weber State ... only child enjoys hunting, snowboarding, wakeboarding and surfing ... majoring in economics and sociology ... full name is Matthew Charles Martinez ... born Jan. 21, 1988.

2007	1/0	0	0	0	0-0	0-0
2008	3/0	0	1	1	0-0	0-0
2009	11/0	1	5	6	0-0	0-0
2010	13/13	37	54	91	5.5-17	1.5-6
2011	13/13	37	50	87	8.0-28	2.5-20
Totals	41/26	75	110	185	13.5-45	4.0-26
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