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Rishard Matthews, WR

School: Nevada  |  Conference: WAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 217 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
107173-4
Selected 7th Rnd
Miami Dolphins
227th Pick Overall
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 7/227 - Rishard Matthews, WR, 6-0, 217, Nevada...He's a well-built, fluid receiver who is competitive and plays with football smarts. During his two seasons at Nevada he caught 147 passes for 2,243 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He also has the skill set to serve as a returner. - The Sports Xchange

03/22/2012 - Nevada Pro Day: An estimated 20 teams were represented at Nevada's Pro Day workout Wednesday, including a number of decision-makers. They arrived talking about the underrated talent on Nevada's roster, which some believe could see as many as six players drafted. They left buzzing about one player in particular -- wide receiver Rishard Matthews. Despite leading the Western Athletic Conference in both catches and receiving yards in 2012, Matthews hasn't generated a great deal of media attention. He certainly had scouts attention and was actually invited to the Senior Bowl, though he was unable to participate in the premier all-star game after spraining his MCL in Nevada's final regular season game (Idaho). Matthews lost out on a second opportunity to prove his athleticism when he re-aggravated the injury preparing for the Scouting Combine. Matthews participated in Indianapolis despite protests from those close to him but struggled through the workout, timing "officially" at 4.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash -- a significantly slower time than scouts expected based on his game tape. Finally healthy, Matthews rewarded scouts attending Nevada's workout by clocking in the mid 4.4s on two attempts at the 40-yard dash. He also starred during his positional workout, running crisp routes and catching every pass thrown to him by quarterback Tyler Lantrip. According to a source, Matthews has already scheduled visits with two NFL teams and could be on the verge of planning several more after his workout. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/24/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Rishard Matthews had a breakout senior season, both on offense and on punt returns. Matthews caught a WAC-high 91 passes for 1,364 yards and eight touchdowns. He also was sixth in the country in punt return average at 13.3 yards per return. Matthews sprained his knee in the fourth quarter of Nevada's 56-3 regular-season finale against Idaho. - The Sports Xchange

12/24/2011 - Scouting the Nevada special teams: PR Rishard Matthews also made an impact on special teams, averaging 13.3 yards per punt return, including an 86-yard touchdown. Freshman Kendall Brock has done a nice job on kickoff returns, averaging 22.5 yards per return. P Jake Hurst has had an interesting season, averaging 41.9 yards per punt and taking over as the Wolf Pack's kicker after injuries to Anthony Martinez and Allen Hardison. Hurst is 21-of-21 on extra-point attempts and 3-or-4 on field goal attempts. - The Sports Xchange

12/24/2011 - Scouting the Nevada passing game: Redshirt freshman Cody Fajardo completed 71.4 percent of his passes and threw for 1,647 yards. Senior QB Tyler Lantrip, who was the starter during Nevada's difficult non-conference schedule at the beginning of the season, completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 1,496 yards. Lantrip left the regular-season finale with a concussion and Fajardo had a sprained ankle. Whoever is the quarterback will lean on WR Rishard Matthews, who led the WAC with 91 catches this season. Matthews had 1,364 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season. No other receiver had more than 40 catches for the Wolf Pack. - The Sports Xchange

12/06/2011 - 2011 ALL-WAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR-Rishard Matthews, Nevada, Sr., has been selected All-WAC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the WAC's eight head coaches. - Nevada football

11/13/2011 - Cody Fajardo threw for three touchdowns and ran for a score as Nevada beat Hawaii 42-28 on Saturday night. Fajardo threw two touchdowns to Rishard Matthews, who had 118 yards in catches to give him five 100-yard games this season. The Wolf Pack (6-3, 4-0 WAC) had 531 yards of offense. For Hawaii (5-5, 3-3), Shane Austin replaced Bryan Moniz, the WAC's leading passer and preseason conference player of the year, who suffered a right leg injury with 6:50 left in the first quarter and did not return. Austin completed 17 of 38 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown, but had three interceptions. The Warriors were within seven points of Nevada after a Jeremiah Ostrowski 21-yard touchdown catch with 11 minutes left in the game, but got no closer. Lampford Mark had 105 rushing yards and a touchdown for Nevada. - AP Sports

09/08/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Rishard Matthews - The junior college transfer emerged as the Wolf Pack's biggest threat in the passing game late in the season. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder had 10 catches for 172 yards and a touchdown, plus a 44-yard run, in the Wolf Pack's victory against Boise State. In the bowl win against Boston College, he had 86 yards rushing and a touchdown, plus a punt return for touchdown. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2011 - BREAKOUT STAR: WR Rishard Matthews - The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior emerged toward the end of last season, particularly in the Wolf Pack's upset victory against Boise State and in the bowl game win against Boston College. Now Matthews is expected to become a star and improve on his good, but not spectacular numbers from 2010. Matthews caught 56 passes for 879 yards and five touchdowns. Matthews had 10 catches for 172 yards and one touchdown against Boise State. He had seven catches for 86 yards and a touchdown against Boston College, plus he had a punt return for a touchdown against the Eagles. "We didn't start to exploit his talents until later in the season," Ault said. "We probably should have done so earlier. ... He's an excellent ballcarrier as well as a receiver." - The Sports Xchange

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Rishard Matthews, Nevada, has been named one of 50 players selected to the Paul Hornung Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung. - The Louisville Sports Commission

07/09/2011 - 2011 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Rishard Mathews, Nevada, has been selected one of 75 wide receivers from around the nation named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Biletnikoff Award is named after former Florida State and Oakland Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff and goes to the top receiver in college football. - The Tallahassee QB Club Foundation

 
 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 7/227 - Rishard Matthews, WR, 6-0, 217, Nevada...He's a well-built, fluid receiver who is competitive and plays with football smarts. During his two seasons at Nevada he caught 147 passes for 2,243 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He also has the skill set to serve as a returner. - The Sports Xchange

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