NU and IU square off at 11 a.m. CT; BTN to televise
The 2011 Scouting Report: Emerged from spring camp as the starting cornerback opposite Jordan Mabin ... Was one of NU's spring "stars" ... Made his second position change, moving from running back to cornerback during bowl prep in 2009-10 ... Handled the transition extremely well and was one of team's most improved performers during the spring of 2010 ... Strong, dynamic player who could become a defensive stalwart ... Great speed ... Also will be involved in the kicking game as a returner ... Extremely unselfish player and a great young team leader ... Member of NU's 10-player Leadership Council.
2011:True senior ... Made his first career start at cornerback vs. Boston College ... Totaled four tackles (three solos) against the Eagles ... Notched six tackles (five solos) and a pass breakup vs. Eastern Illinois ... Named team's defensive big playmaker vs. EIU ... Named team's special teams player and defensive player of the game at Army ... Totaled 10 tackles (seven solos) as well as a pass breakup vs. the Black Knights ... Credited with five tackles at Illinois ... Two tackles vs. Michigan ... Named team's special teams player of the week vs. Penn State: recovered a fumble on the game's opening kickoff ... Also added four tackles ... Started at Indiana and finished the game with two solo tackles ... Credited with five tackles as well as a key forced fumble (that was recovered by NU) at Nebraska ... Totaled four tackles, including a 0.5 TFL, vs. Minnesota ... Closed the regular season with one of his best performances: game-high nine tackles (seven solos) and an interception vs. Michigan State ... Led team with a career-high 12 tackles vs. Texas A&M.
2010: Played in 12 of 13 games ... Key special teams performer ... 15 total tackles ... Made his second position change (from running back to cornerback) during bowl practice in December, 2009 ... One stop each in TicketCity Bowl and at Wisconsin ... Against Iowa, posted two special teams tackles ... Two tackles at Penn State ... Two tackles against Central Michigan ... Career-best four tackles at Rice ... One tackle vs. Illinois State ... Recorded two solo special teams tackles at Vanderbilt ... Named team's Special Teams Player of the Game vs. Illinois State and shared the honor for the Iowa game.
2009: Played in 10 games with one start at running back ... Moved from running back to cornerback after the conclusion of the 2009 regular season ... One of NU's primary kick returners (21 returns for 357 yards) ... Started his first career game at running back vs. Towson and rushed three times for 11 yards before leaving the game with an ankle injury that forced him to sit out the Eastern Michigan and Syracuse games ... Returned for the Minnesota game and rushed twice for 14 yards while also returning five kickoffs for a career-best 94 yards ... Four kickoff returns for 71 yards at Purdue ... Carried the ball on a reverse play for 16 yards and brought back one kickoff for 24 yards vs. Miami ... One rush for six yards and five kickoff returns for 85 yards at Michigan State ... Two carries for 14 yards and four kickoff returns for 74 yards against Indiana ... Also had two special teams tackles against the Hoosiers ... Returned two kickoffs for nine yards against Penn State ... Did not play at Iowa (due to a personal leave of absence).
2008: Joined Jeremy Ebert as the only true freshman to play in 2008 ... Named team's NGN Special Teams Newcomer of the Year ... Totaled 139 kickoff return yards on six attempts ... Picked up a tackle in the Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri ... Moved to running back the week of the Michigan game ... Played in his first career game against Ohio, returning first career kickoff 27 yards and recording one tackle on special teams ... Was one of NU's special teams stars at Iowa, recovering a pair of fumbles: one on NU's punt team and the other on NU's kickoff team ... Also had two kickoff returns (for 41 yards) at Iowa ... Career-long 40-yard kickoff return vs. Michigan State ... Notched three special teams tackles vs. Purdue ... Named team's special teams player of the week vs. the Boilers and at Indiana ... Tabbed the team's special teams practice player of the week vs. Ohio ... Also named NU's offensive practice player of the week vs. Syracuse and Duke ... Two special teams tackles at Minnesota.
High School:PrepStar All-East Region wide receiver ... Ranked 55th among all players (eighth among wide receivers) in SuperPrep Pennsylvania player ranking ... Named a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Washington Fabulous 22 All-Star ... Observer-Reporter Elite 11 selection ... Two-time All-District honoree (2006 and 2007) ... Two-time All-Great Southern Conference selection (first-team in 2007, second-team in 2006) ... Because of his outstanding speed, was used in a variety of ways for the Big Macs -- returning kicks, catching passes, playing defense and running the football ... Averaged 5.3 yards per carry for career and totaled 1,014 yards ... Averaged 27.3 yards per return ... 19 receptions for 144 yards ... Selected to play in the North-South Washington County all-star game ... Also letters in track and holds school records for the outdoor 200 meters (22.37) and indoor records for the 60 meters (7.25), 200 meters (22.65), long jump (22' 5 1/2") and the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays ... Captain for both football and track and field teams ... Honor Roll and High Honors ... Coached by Guy Montecalvo.
Personal: Born Jeravin Michael Matthews ... Son of Michelle Matthews ... Learning and organizational change major.