Fresno State: One of the most explosive offensive weapons in the nation who's exploded on to the scene and leads the nation in rushing... there are few athletes in the nation with his ability ... a fast and powerful back... has scored 31 touchdowns in 25 career games... has great balance and game breaking speed... a strong back whose best weapon is a devastating stiff arm... could be one of the best to ever wear the Bulldog uniform when his career is over... has 2,603 yards, fourth-most in school history... needs 870 yards to break the all-time Bulldog rushing record... averaging 6.3 yards per carry in his career... has great hands and is versatile ... played quarterback in high school and may play that in some packages this season. (2009) Leads the NCAA in rushing by more than 25 yards per game (161.6 yards per game)... has two of the Top 10 rushing games in the NCAA this season, 234 yards against No. 5 Boise State and San Jose State, those games rank third and fourth in Bulldog history, respectively... against the Broncos he score on runs of 69, 68 and 60 yards and a averaged 12.3 yards per carry... leads the NCAA win seven runs of 50-yards or more (69, 68, 68, 60, 59, 58, 55).... set a school record with seven straight 100-yard plus games... had 104 yards in the first half against UC Davis in the season opener and never played in the second half... had a career-high 38 carries for 145 yards against No. 7 Cincinnati... only played two plays in the fourth quarter in the last three games combined, both against New Mexico State in a 157-yard two touchdown performance... didn't play in the fourth quarter at Hawaii or San Jose State in Fresno State's large wins. (2008) Ranked in the Top 10 in the NCAA in rushing after four games with two games of more than 160 yards before suffering an injury against UCLA ... played sparingly in the next three games that followed and missed five full games, including the last four of the regular season ... was averaging nearly six yards per carry before the injury ... scored six rushing touchdowns, including three at Rutgers to open the season ... was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 163 yards and three scores at Rutgers ... had 166 yards on 21 carries, ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass at UCLA in a 36-31 Bulldog victory ... averaged 18.2 yards per reception on eight catches for two more scores. (2007) Had season best 171 rushing yards against Nevada with 3 touchdowns ... had longest rush of 67 yards against Nevada ... rushed for a total of 866 yards and 14 touchdowns for the season... rushed for 144 yards against San Jose State and a total of two touchdowns, and one touchdown was a 58 yard run ... also ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns versus Utah State... NCAA freshman leader for touchdowns and average... scored first touchdown against No. 23 Texas A&M ... wears the number 21, the retired jersey number of Dale Messer, who granted Mathews permission after meeting him.
High School: The National and California leader in rushing as a senior while playing as the combo of quarterback/running back ... selected Second-Team All-America ... took snaps in the shotgun formation, making direct runs from that position ... averaged just under 300 yards per game as a senior, tallying 3,396 yards and 44 touchdowns while also leading the state in scoring ... first-team All-State ... his rushing total was a Central Section record ... threw for 851 yards and 11 touchdowns ... had five games of 300 yards or more, including a season high 415 yards against South ... had 374 yards twice (vs. Ridgeview and Centennial) ... averaged 41 yards on his eight kickoff returns ... originally raised in Tehachapi, moved to Bakersfield to face tougher competition athletically with his adopted brother ... led the Vikings to a CIF championship in 2005, rushing for 1,104 yards and 18 touchdowns ... also played linebacker for West.
Personal: Born May 1, 1987 ... mother is Tricia Mathews ... has two brothers Dante Cross and Tim Bruzzessi ... LaDainian Tomlinson is his favorite player because of his running style ... also recruited by Arizona State, Colorado, Nevada, Washington and UCLA ... chose Fresno State because he has always been a Bulldog.
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