General: Started every game (37 straight starts) from 2002-04 ... Played both guard and center for the Wildcats, although right guard was his primary position ... A tremendously committed player who has a great love for the game of football ... Outstanding leadership skills ... An elite lifter, he holds the school incline record -- 425 pounds ... Coaching staff called his weight room presence "scary" ... Great competitor.
2004: Consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree ... Team co-captain ... Started all 12 games ... Participated in 2005 Villages Gridiron Classic all-star game ... Played right guard, alongside tackle Zach Strief ... Helped NU rank 29th nationally in total offense.
2003: Team's starting right guard ... Extended his consecutive start streak to 25 games in the Motor City Bowl, with starts 13 through 16 coming at the center position ... Was used at center when Trevor Rees needed a rest ... Totaled five championship game performances.
2002: George Ballantine Award recipient (given for enthusiasm and leadership) ... Started all 12 games at left guard ... Had his season's best performances at Navy, vs. Michigan State, at Minnesota and vs. Indiana ... Began preseason camp as a backup, but earned starting job when Carl Matejka went down with an injury.
2001: Played in 10 games, all in a reserve role ... Saw most extensive action at Duke, vs. Iowa and vs. Bowling Green.
High School: 41st-rated lineman nationally by Rivals100.com ... 1999 Northwestern Football Camp Bench Press Champion ... PrepStar All-Midwest ... Champaign News-Gazette all-state ... Elgin Courier all-area twice ... Daily Herald all-area ... Two-time first-team All-Upstate Eight Conference, including unanimous choice senior year ... Two-time Academic All-State ... Three-time academic all-conference ... National Honor Society ... High school coach was John Padjen.
Personal: Born Matthew James Ulrich on 12/30/81 ... Son of Jim and Debby Ulrich ... Secondary teaching/history major.