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Rishard Matthews
WR #18
Height:
6-0
Weight:
215
Age:
25
College:
Nevada
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2014):

REC
12
YDS
135
AVG
11.3
TDS
2

Biography

At Nevada, Matthews started 25-of-26 games at the “Z” receiver (flanker) position, catching 146 passes for 2,243 yards (15.36 ypc) and 13 touchdowns, adding 75 yards and two scores on 10 rushing attempts…Returned 48 punts for 551 yards (11.48 avg) and two scores, as he also totaled 91 yards on five kickoff returns (18.2 avg), collecting 2,960 all-purpose yards, an average of 113.85 yards per game and 14.10 yards per attempt…

2011 SEASON
Matthews received All-American second-team honors as an all-purpose back and All-Western Athletic Conference first-team accolades as a punt returner and receiver from The NFL Draft Report, as that scouting information service regards him as the best offensive draft prospect in the conference and the top all-purpose receiver eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft…Midseason All-American choice by Phil Steele’s Football Magazine…Named to the watch lists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's top receiver and for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation's most versatile player...Matthews more than capably filled the leadership void for the Nevada offense…Despite seeing three separate changes at starting quarterback during the regular season, Matthews still led the team with a career-high 91 receptions, as his 1,364 yards gained (15.36 ypc) is the sixth-best season total in school history…Also had eight touchdown grabs, as he ranks seventh in the nation while leading the conference with an average of 113.67 yards per game receiving…Leads the WAC and ranks tenth nationally with an average of 7.58 receptions per game…Returned 23 punts for 307 yards (ninth on the school annual record chart) and a 13.35-yard average (second-best season average in school history), as that average is second-best in the WAC and ranks sixth in the NCAA Football Bowl Sub-division ranks… Recorded one solo tackle, as he caused and recovered a fumble…Ranks fourth in the league and 26th in the nation with an average of 139.17 all-purpose yards per game (14.03 yards per attempt), giving him a total of 1,670 yards…Caught 91-of-122 passes targeted to him…In addition to his eight touchdown grabs, he came up with key receptions that led to 26 Nevada touchdown drives and during seven possessions that resulted in Pack field goals…Broke multiple tackles for at least 10 additional yards on 32-of-91 snatches (35.16%), as he made 22 catches inside the red
zone, including five on goal-line plays…57 of his receptions (62.64%) gained at least 10 yards, including 16 that resulted in advancements of 20 yards or longer (17.58%)…Registered 73 first-down grabs (80.22%), converting 16 third-down throws and another on a fourth-down snap into first downs…Caught eight passes for 100 yards, producing six first downs for the day vs. Oregon…For the fourth time as a member of the Wolf Pack, Matthews gained over 100 yards receiving, making five catches for 107 yards and his first touchdown for the 2011 campaign vs. Texas Tech…The Pack rambled to a 37-0 victory vs. Nevada-Las Vegas, as the offense generated 699 yards behind Matthews’ career-high 220 yards from ten catches, escaping three would-be tacklers to turn that play into a 90-yard touchdown catch-&-run in the second quarter…For the fourth time this season, Matthews gained over 100 yards receiving, as he collected seven throws for 148 yards, scoring on an 86-yard punt return for the Pack’s first touchdown in a 45-38 decision over Fresno State…The receiver produced a pair of touchdown catches for the second time during his Nevada career, finishing with 118 yards behind eight grabs vs. Hawaii…Matthews had at least seven receptions in a game, delivering eight grabs for 87 yards and a touchdown, in addition to returning six punts for 86 yards vs. Louisiana Tech.

2011 SEASON
Matthews received All-American second-team honors as an all-purpose back and All-Western Athletic Conference first-team accolades as a punt returner and receiver from The NFL Draft Report, as that scouting information service regards him as the best offensive draft prospect in the conference and the top all-purpose receiver eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft…Midseason All-American choice by Phil Steele’s Football Magazine…Named to the watch lists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's top receiver and for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation's most versatile player...Matthews more than capably filled the leadership void for the Nevada offense…Despite seeing three separate changes at starting quarterback during the regular season, Matthews still led the team with a career-high 91 receptions, as his 1,364 yards gained (15.36 ypc) is the sixth-best season total in school history…Also had eight touchdown grabs, as he ranks seventh in the nation while leading the conference with an average of 113.67 yards per game receiving…Leads the WAC and ranks tenth nationally with an average of 7.58 receptions per game…Returned 23 punts for 307 yards (ninth on the school annual record chart) and a 13.35-yard average (second-best season average in school history), as that average is second-best in the WAC and ranks sixth in the NCAA Football Bowl Sub-division ranks… Recorded one solo tackle, as he caused and recovered a fumble…Ranks fourth in the league and 26th in the nation with an average of 139.17 all-purpose yards per game (14.03 yards per attempt), giving him a total of 1,670 yards…Caught 91-of-122 passes targeted to him…In addition to his eight touchdown grabs, he came up with key receptions that led to 26 Nevada touchdown drives and during seven possessions that resulted in Pack field goals…Broke multiple tackles for at least 10 additional yards on 32-of-91 snatches (35.16%), as he made 22 catches inside the red
zone, including five on goal-line plays…57 of his receptions (62.64%) gained at least 10 yards, including 16 that resulted in advancements of 20 yards or longer (17.58%)…Registered 73 first-down grabs (80.22%), converting 16 third-down throws and another on a fourth-down snap into first downs…Caught eight passes for 100 yards, producing six first downs for the day vs. Oregon…For the fourth time as a member of the Wolf Pack, Matthews gained over 100 yards receiving, making five catches for 107 yards and his first touchdown for the 2011 campaign vs. Texas Tech…The Pack rambled to a 37-0 victory vs. Nevada-Las Vegas, as the offense generated 699 yards behind Matthews’ career-high 220 yards from ten catches, escaping three would-be tacklers to turn that play into a 90-yard touchdown catch-&-run in the second quarter…For the fourth time this season, Matthews gained over 100 yards receiving, as he collected seven throws for 148 yards, scoring on an 86-yard punt return for the Pack’s first touchdown in a 45-38 decision over Fresno State…The receiver produced a pair of touchdown catches for the second time during his Nevada career, finishing with 118 yards behind eight grabs vs. Hawaii…Matthews had at least seven receptions in a game, delivering eight grabs for 87 yards and a touchdown, in addition to returning six punts for 86 yards vs. Louisiana Tech.

2010 SEASON
All-American honorable mention and All-Western Athletic Conference first-team selection by the NFL Draft Report, adding second-team league honors from the media and WAC’s coaches…Named the Offensive MVP of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl vs. Boston College…Appeared in all 14 games, starting all but one at the “Z” receiver position…Despite being a newcomer, he soon became the favorite target of All-American quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as Matthews led the team with 56 receptions for 879 yards (15.70 ypc) and five touchdowns…Ranked ninth in the conference with an average of 62.79 receiving yards per game…Scored twice on five carries for 76 yards (15.2 ypc), as he added 91 yards on five kickoff returns (18.2 avg)…His 25 punt returns tied for tenth on the school season-record list, amassing 244 yards (9.76 avg) with a touchdown during those runbacks…Also recorded four tackles (3 solos) by taking down opposing defenders after Nevada turnovers (three on interceptions, one on a forced fumble)…The junior tallied 1,290 all-purpose yards, an average of 92.14 yards per game and 14.18 yards per attempt…Caught 56-of-84 balls targeted to him (66.67%), as he generated 51 first downs from those grabs (91.07%), converting 15 third-down tosses and two more on fourth down into first-down gains…On 20 of his receptions (35.71%), he broke free from multiple tacklers to advance the ball at least another 10 yards…Had key receptions that led to 21 Nevada touchdowns and on five drives that resulted in field goals…Scored three times against Idaho, catching seven passes for 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns, also finding the end zone on a 7-yard reverse late in the third quarter…The junior gained a season-high 172 yards on 10 receptions that included a touchdown, as he also scored on a 44-yard reverse vs. Boise State…In the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl vs. Boston College, Matthews caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for another score, generating 86 yards on seven receptions, three yards on a reverse and 72 yards on four punt returns, in addition to posting an assisted tackle.

2009 SEASON
Matthews earned NJCAA All-American third-team honors, in addition to receiving All-State and All-Southern California Football Association first-team accolades for the Bakersfield College Renegades (wore jersey #8), guiding the team to the Northern Conference title and a victory over Allan Hancock College in the Golden Empire Bowl…In eleven games, the freshman led the team with 47 receptions for 619 yards (13.17 ypc) and six touchdowns… Carried seven times for 20 yards (2.86 ypc), as he totaled 334 yards with two scores on nine kickoff returns (37.11 avg), recorded a solo tackle and recovered two fumbles, advancing one five yards for a touchdown…Led the state of California with 17 punt returns for 319 yards (18.76 avg)…Had 63 passes targeted to him, catching 47 (74.60%), as the opposition deflected three other throws…Recorded 33 first downs (70.21%), as Matthews converted thirteen third-down throws and made seven grabs inside the red zone…Broke free from multiple tacklers for big gains on 17 catches and 24 of his grabs gained at least 10 yards (36.17%), including 10 for 20 yards or longer…Had key receptions to set up 16 touchdown drives and on six other possessions that ended with field goals.

2007-08 SEASONS
Attended Santa Ana (Cal.) College.

HIGH SCHOOL
Matthews graduated in 2006 from Saddleback (Santa Ana, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Jeoff Meek…Earned All-State, All-Golden West Football Conference and All-CIF Southern section honors as a receiver and strong safety (wore jersey #8)…Caught 47 passes for 1,058 yards (22.51 ypc) and 16 touchdowns, adding 98 yards and a score on 13 carries (7.54 ypc) while completing 2-of-4 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown…Produced a total of 132 points that included 22 touchdowns, as he scored twice on 11 punt returns for 270 yards (24.55 avg), adding two more touchdowns on ten kickoff returns for 407 yards (40.7 avg)…On defense, he set the state season record with 539 yards gained via eleven interceptions, as he deflected five other throws, recovered a fumble and caused two others…Registered 103 tackles (78 solos)…Also lettered for the Saddleback basketball team, as he averaged 9.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.3 blocks and 2.3 steals for head coach Tim Mesenhimer…Attended Clovis (N.M.) High School in 2005, where the receiver/safety rushed 29 times for 358 yards (12.35 ypg) and five touchdowns, adding 43 receptions for 839 yards (19.51 ypc) and 12 more scores, as he averaged 33.0 yards with two touchdowns on eight punt returns and 29.86 yards with a 91-yard score on seven kickoff returns.

PERSONAL
Physical Education major…Son of Ursula Matthews and Andre Matthews…Father is a retired U.S. Marine Corps master sergeant…Rishard has an older sister, Avien DeSantos and a brother, Chris Ruiz…Uncle, Clarenze McZiel, lettered in track at Lamar University…Born Rishard Andre Matthews on 10/12/89...Resides in Santa Ana, California.

Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 64 734 11.5 30 4 1 3 3 3 0 1 0
2014 MIA 14 0 12 135 11.3 23 2 1 3 3 3 0 1 0
2013 MIA 16 5 41 448 10.9 29 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 MIA 8 1 11 151 13.7 30 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 NE W 33-20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 @BUF L 10-29 1 4 4 4 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 KC L 15-34 1 13 13 13 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @OAK W 38-14 2 27 13.5 23 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 GB L 24-27 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @CHI W 27-14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 @JAC W 27-13 1 3 3 3 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 SD W 37-0 1 21 21 21 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 @DET L 16-20 1 14 14 14 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 BUF W 22-9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 @DEN L 36-39 2 24 12 18 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 0
13 @NYJ W 16-13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 BAL L 13-28 1 13 13 13 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15 @NE L 13-41 2 16 8 11 0 1 3 3 3 0 -- --

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