Tulsa: A three-year letterwinner . . . has played in 28 career games . . . has 72 career tackles in his three seasons . . . 1999 ?? Played in first six games of the season . . . missed the remaining five games with an injury . . . tallied 16 total tackles . . . added three stops for -11 yards and one sack for -9 yards . . . had a season-high four tackles against TCU . . . 1998 ?? Saw action in all 11 games . . . was credited with 52 tackles, incuding 31 solos from his middle linebacking position . . . had a career-high nine stops against Rice . . . tied a career-best of nine tackles and one interception for a return of 21 yards against TCU . . . had eight tackles and a quarterback sack for -11 yards against Wyoming . . . 1997 ?? Saw action in all 11 games . . . most of his playing time came on special teams . . . was credited with four tackles including one stop for a one-yard loss . . . 1996 ?? Was one of several true freshmen to sit out the 1996 season due to redshirt status . . . Overall ?? Missed most of spring drills . . . a blue collar player . . . has a great work ethic . . . an intelligent player.
High School: Was a three-year starter on three consecutive Class 3A state championship teams at Frederick High School . . . helped his high school team register a 38-4 record in three seasons . . . was a member of the Daily Oklahoman "Red Chip" List . . . was selected to the Tulsa World special recognition all-state squad . . . was a Daily Oklahoman honorable mention all-state selection as a senior . . . was named the Lawton Constitution Defensive Player of the Year . . . helped his school compile a 38-4 record over three seasons, while leading the team in tackles each season . . . was credited with 160 tackles, two fumble recoveries and two pass interceptions as a senior . . . had career statistics of 412 tackles, nine recovered fumbles and five pass interceptions . . . earned three letters in football . . . high school coach was Ed Jones.
Personal: Lists the Dallas Cowboys as his favorite NFL team . . . Ken Norton is his favorite NFL player . . . his favorite movie is Braveheart . . . his dream as a child was to become an airplane pilot . . . if he could meet anyone, dead or alive, it would be Abe Lincoln . . . his favorite TV show is "Seinfeld" . . . his favorite book is Friday Night Lights . . . named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for two years . . . a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and American Society of Mechanical Engineers . . . a mechanical engineering major . . . born Matthew Clay Johnson on June 9, 1978.
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