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Matt Flynn, QB

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 231 | College: LSU
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Matt Flynn was a top quarterback prospect coming out of the state of Texas and hoped to be the featured quarterback at LSU. He was listed third on the depth chart behind Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell during his freshman season with the Tigers.

Flynn again lost the battle for the starting job -- to Russell -- the following season, spending the 2005-06 campaigns as the caddy for the first choice in the 2007 NFL Draft. With Russell bolting a year early for the professional ranks, the senior passer was primed to take over full-time signal-calling duties in 2007.

A right ankle injury vs. Virginia Tech would sideline Flynn for the Middle Tennessee State clash in '07. Even before the injury, he saw some of his playing time deferred to Ryan Perrilloux. Even when Flynn returned to the lineup the following game, the coaching staff was so pleased with the performance of Perrilloux, they decided to alternate the two behind center, based on situations. A problem with that decision arose, as Flynn struggled to maintain his rhythm while shuttling in and out of the lineup.

At Robert E. Lee High School, Flynn was one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the state of Texas and ranked the No. 20 quarterback in the country by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and ESPN.com. He was a member of the Super Prep Texas 124 team, adding Dallas Morning News Texas Top 100 and the Tyler Morning Telegraph All-East Texas Football Team honors.

As a senior, he completed 124-of-206 passes for 1,679 yards and nine touchdowns with 305 yards rushing and 12 scores. He showed his dedication and toughness by leading the Red Raiders to a semifinal appearance in one of the toughest classifications in Texas despite playing his last four games with a broken foot.

As a junior, Flynn connected on 101-of-199 passes for 1,650 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He guided his team to a Class 5A playoff appearance, but lost to eventual state champion Mesquite.

Flynn enrolled at Louisiana State in 2003, spending the season performing on the scout team. Listed third on the depth chart at quarterback in '03, he spent most of that season as the holder for field goals and placements. He managed some playing time on offense (appeared at quarterback in four of 12 contests), hitting on 4-of-10 attempts for 99 yards and a touchdown.

As a sophomore, Flynn participated in 13 games, lining up at quarterback in seven of those games. He threw for 457 yards, seven touchdowns and an interception on 27-of-48 tries (56.2%). He earned his first career start vs. Miami in the Peach Bowl, earning Game MVP honors. In the North Texas clash, he became the first non-starter in school history to throw three touchdowns in a quarter.

In 2006, Flynn again served as the team's holder in all 13 games and appeared under center in 10 contests. He completed 12-of-20 passes (60.0%) for 133 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed 13 times for 86 yards (6.6-yard average) and a score.

As a senior, Flynn started five of the team's first six games. An ankle injury in the second game vs. Virginia Tech would limit his mobility the rest of the season. He was successful on 202-of-359 throws (56.3%) for 2,407 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He added four scores with 215 yards on 100 rushing attempts (2.2-yard average) and amassed 2,622 yards in total offense.

Flynn has appeared in a total of 50 games at Louisiana State, including 33 as a quarterback, starting 12 games at that position. He completed 245-of-437 passes (56.1%) for 3,096 yards, 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He carried 128 times for 340 yards (2.7-yard average) and five scores. On 565 plays, he amassed 3,436 yards in total offense. He fumbled three times and was sacked 35 times for losses totaling 258 yards.


Positives: Has a well-developed upper body with a thick chest, broad shoulders, tight waist, muscular arms, thick thighs and tapered calves … Good decision-maker who is a valid threat to gain yardage with his feet … Cool under pressure and has the mobility and vision to tuck the ball and locate the cutback lanes on the draw … More of a straight-line runner (stiff hips make it tough for him to fluidly redirect), but he can throw on the move … Knows when he needs to pull the ball down and run with it, but is not the type that will get "happy feet," as he goes through his progressions to locate a secondary target before bolting … Solid competitor who never complained about his lack of playing time during his time as a reserve … Efficient holder who fields the ball cleanly and gets it down with the threads properly aligned for the kicker … Has the long legs to stride back from center to quickly reach his throwing point … Not the type that will force the issue and fire into the crowd just for the sake of making the play and will either throw it away or run with the ball when his targets are covered … Remains calm as the pocket is collapsing, doing a nice job of stepping up and out to avoid … Calm on the field and has good command in the huddle … Very effective at getting the ball to his receivers without having his targets needing to adjust to the ball on short-to-intermediate throws … Generates good placement when leading his receivers to the ball … When he spots rush lanes, he demonstrates good ball security tucking the ball and running with it … Has the timing needed to hit the receivers before they come out of their cuts … When going through his progressions, he is quick to locate his second and third receiving outlets … Has good accuracy throwing from the outside hash and is very good sliding out of the pocket, squaring his shoulders and driving through arm tackles … Well-prepared athlete who puts in the extra hours in the film room studying tapes … Keeps his attention downfield under the pass rush and spreads the ball around … His anticipation and timing continued to improve with increased reps as a senior … Throws a tight spiral and while he might not have a "big arm," he can drill the ball in a seam (better on intermediate throws) … Will force the ball on occasion, but generally throws it away when his targets are covered … When he feels backside pressure, he has the feet and balance to step in and out of the pocket … Does not lock on to his target, doing a decent job of going through his progressions … Has the vision to scan the field and is efficient connecting with his receivers on roll-outs and from the outside hashes.

Negatives: Has good accuracy in the short area, but does not have the arm strength to consistently air the ball out … Sometimes telegraphs throws, as he tends to pat it before throwing … Shows good mobility on the move, but is more of a straight-line runner who does not have the change-of-direction agility to quickly hit the cutback lane … Can make some of his deep throws, but those attempts lack velocity and zip to keep it away from the defenders … Needs to develop more consistency coming over the top with his delivery, as he tends to wind up a bit … His release point is low, resulting in a fair share of passes being deflected … When he steps into throws, he is adequate firing in the seams, but lacks velocity … Needs to work on putting the ball out in front of the target on deep routes … Has good bulk, but lacks the ideal height you look for in a quarterback … Has good mobility and is not the type that gets "happy feet," but will more often than not run with the ball rather than sidestep when meeting up with the blitz … Had a string of at least one turnover seven consecutive games … Most of those picks came when he generated a bit of a wind-up in his over-the-top release.

Compares To: RYAN FITZPATRICK-Cincinnati … Flynn has minimal starting experience, but is a very effective scrambling quarterback with excellent straight-line speed for a quarterback. He doesn't have "happy feet," but you would like to see him stay in the pocket. He has good touch and accuracy in the short-to-intermediate areas, but some question his deep-passing skills, as he loses velocity on longer throws, especially when firing on the move. With his athletic ability, he has a chance to carry a clipboard at the next level, but his minimal opportunities as a starter, combined with a just adequate senior campaign (possibly due to lingering ankle issues) might make GMs hesitant to invest a draft choice until much later in the draft.

Career Notes

Flynn's 2,407 yards passing in 2007 rank seventh on the school list behind Rohan Davey (3,347 in 2001), JaMarcus Russell (3,129 in 2006 and 2,443 in 2005), Matt Mauck (2,825 in 2003), Tommy Hodson (2,655 in 1989) and Jeff Wickersham (2,542 in 1983) … His 202 pass completions in 2007 rank fifth on LSU's single-season chart, topped by JaMarcus Russell (232 in 2006), Matt Mauck (229 in 2003), Rohan Davey (217 in 2001) and Jeff Wickersham (209 in 1985) … Only Rohan Davey (367 in 2001) attempted more passes in a season than Flynn's 2007 total of 359 … His 21 touchdown passes in 2007 rank fourth on the Tigers' single-season list, surpassed by JaMarcus Russell (28 in 2006), Matt Mauck (28 in 2003) and Tommy Hodson (22 in 1989) … His average of 200.6 yards per game passing as a senior rank 10th on the school's annual record chart … Flynn came off the bench to throw three touchdowns in the fourth quarter of the 2005 North Texas game, becoming the first non-starter in school history to accomplish that feat in one quarter … Despite several turnovers down the stretch, he produced at least three touchdown passes in five of his final six games with the Tigers … Flynn's 353 yards passing vs. Alabama in 2007 rank 10th on the school's single-game list, the most by an LSU quarterback since Rohan Davey threw for 359 yards vs. Arkansas in 2001 … His four touchdown passes vs. Ohio State in the 2008 BCS National Championship Game set a school bowl-game record.

2007 Season

Started five of the team's first six games, sitting out the Middle Tennessee game after he suffered a right ankle sprain in the second quarter vs. Virginia Tech … Also missed the SEC championship game vs. Tennessee with a right shoulder contusion suffered in the Arkansas game … Named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week vs. Auburn … Saw action in 12 games, earning 11 starts … Ranked fifth in the conference in total offense (218.5 yards per game) and sixth in passing efficiency (125.76) while leading the Tigers to the national title … Connected on 202-of-359 passes (56.3%) for 2,407 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions … Carried 100 times for 215 yards (2.2-yard average) and four scores … Caught a 35-yard pass vs. Alabama and amassed 2,622 yards in total offense on 459 plays … Served as the team's holder for placements and field goals.

2007 Game Analysis

Mississippi State … In only his second career start, Flynn began the season by hitting on 12-of-19 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns, as ten of his completions produced first down. He converted 6-of-14 third-down plays and ran for 42 yards on eleven carries, as the vaunted Tigers defense reeled in six interceptions and a fumble recovery, allowing Flynn to turn them into 38 points … On LSU's second offensive drive, linebacker Ali High-mith's stunt up the middle forced QB Michael Henig to throw before his target could complete his route and allowed Tigers safety Danny McCray to snag his second career interception. Flynn took over at the MSU 45-yard line and handed off to Jacob Hester up the middle for 15 yards. After a QB keeper gained five yards, Flynn pitched to Keiland Williams for a 13-yard gain to the Bulldogs 12. However, the Tigers were unsuccessful on consecutive pass attempts and settled for a 27-yard Colt David field goal. With 6:28 left in the first quarter, LSU led 3-0 … The Tigers wasted little time getting in gear offensively in the second half, methodically dissecting the Bulldogs defense before Flynn connected with Early Doucet for the first passing touchdown of the season. The 11-yard score came after rushes of 14 yards by Hester and 21 yards by Flynn. With 12:53 left in the third quarter, LSU led 24-0 … Henig was intercepted for the fifth time, this time by Craig Steltz, who returned 49 yards to the MSU 8-yard line. Two plays later, Flynn dumped a short pass to Charles Scott, who turned and ran 11 yards for his first career receiving touchdown.

Virginia Tech … LSU spilt the yards between rushing and passing almost directly down the middle, gaining 297 yards on 41 carries and 301 yards in the air, as Flynn finished with 17 completions in 27 tries for 217 yards and had a rushing touchdown on seven attempts for 12 yards. He was sacked twice, but helped convert 8-of-14 third-down plays, despite shuttling back and forth into the lineup while sharing playing time with Ryan Perrilloux after Flynn suffered a right ankle sprain in the second quarter … LSU methodically trudged its way through the sticky air on the game's opening drive. After Virginia Tech's much ballyhooed special teams pinned the Tigers at their own 13 on the kick off return, LSU marched 10 plays in 4:14 to take a 7-0 lead with 10:46 to play in the first quarter. A 28-yard shovel pass on the ninth play from Flynn to Jacob Hester highlighted the drive. Hester punctuated it one play later with a 4-yard dive through the middle of the Hokie defense …

The Tigers scored again before the sting of the first touchdown wore off on the Virginia Tech sideline. LSU started at its 15-yard line this time, shook off the unfavorable field position and drove 85-yard in eight plays to take a 14-0 lead with 5:54 remaining in the first quarter. A 56-yard slant from Flynn to Brandon LaFell was the drive's long play. A 7-yard scramble by Flynn was its last … LSU continued to absolutely dominate on its next possession as Keiland Williams needed just one play to extend the Tiger lead to 24-0. The sophomore tailback took an option pitch from Flynn along the right side at the 33, hurdled a blocker at the 40 then out-paced the Hokie defense on his way to a 67-yard touchdown trot … The Tigers continued to pile up yards on their first possession of the second half as Flynn, LaFell and Hester advanced LSU to the Hokie 10-yard line before the drive stalled and LSU settled for a 28-yard field goal to cap the 45-yard, 10 play drive with 8:30 left in the third quarter … Talking about the Tigers' success against the Virginia Tech defense, Flynn replied, "We all came out, and we had a very good game plan. The coaches put together a game plan that was very good, and we felt very comfortable with it. The whole team just came out here ready to go, and things just kind of clicked. We made things happened today and we just felt really good about it, but we have to keep progressing. We had some good plays and we had a good game plan for them. We tried to keep away from the linebackers and we tried to run or pass, just the same. We just felt good about it and we came out here and executed. I have to give it up to Virginia Tech. They played very well, but we came out here and we executed well." … "Matt Flynn had a really good game with managing the game. He did some things that we need our quarterback to give us in terms of leadership. He didn't play perfect, but he did well," said head coach Les Miles …

Record Watch-LSU's 598 yards of total offense is the most by the team since racking up 653 yards vs. Louisiana Tech in 2003 … The 48-7 win was the largest margin of victory by LSU over a ranked opponent since downing No. 16 Mississippi, 61-17, on Dec. 5, 1970 in Baton Rouge … The 48-7 win was also the largest margin of victory by LSU over a Top 10 team in school history.

Middle Tennessee State … Did not play … Sat out the game after suffering a right ankle sprain the previous week vs. Virginia Tech … Flynn injured his right ankle in the first half of the Tech clash, but played into the fourth quarter. The injury was not serious enough to warrant X-rays. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Perrilloux played most of the fourth quarter vs. the Hokies and replaced Flynn in the lineup vs. Middle Tennessee … "He's gonna be a lot better next week than he was last," coach Les Miles said. "But yet we want to make sure it's right. He wanted to play. There isn't any question he wanted to play. I think he could've played, but would've only asked it had it been an injury situation."

South Carolina … The Tiger passing game struggled, though thanks largely to the extremely sloppy conditions on the field and a fast and aggressive Gamecock defensive backfield. Tiger quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux combined to complete just 8-of-20 passes for 70 yards, a touchdown and an interception, as Flynn managed just 70 yards and a score on 8-of-19 tosses and was held to 6 yards on four carries while being sacked once for a 6-yard loss. He had only three first-down throws and converted just 3-of-11 third-down plays … The Tigers seized the lead early in the second quarter when Flynn connected with Richard Dickson from 1-yard out for Dickson's first career touchdown. The grab finished a 9-play, 56-yard drive that featured the LSU rushing attack. The only passing yard of the drive was the one that completed it and gave LSU a 14-7 lead with 12:13 to play in the half … The Tigers didn't miss their next chance to score after a Game-cock turnover though, as the LSU coaching staff reached way down into a top hat and pulled out a baffling fake field goal on fourth down at the South Carolina 15. Flynn knelt and received the snap at the 22 then flipped the ball over his head toward kicker Colt David as he streaked toward the right side of the line. David grabbed the ball in stride and raced to the corner of the end zone for the touchdown, then stayed on the field to kick the point after, giving LSU a 21-7 lead with 1:10 remaining in the first half … Asked about the call to execute the fake field goal, head coach Les Miles said, "We were looking for a first down. We would have liked to have gotten the first down and march down the middle without having to use that play to score. It was there and certainly it was executed very well by (Matt) Flynn and Colt David."

Tulane … Flynn struggled early, completing just 8-of-18 passes in the first half for 138 yards while being sacked four times. He recovered a bit in the second half, finishing the contest with 16 completions in 29 attempts for 258 yards and an interception, but fumbled once, failed to convert three third-down runs, had five pass attempts deflected and lost 44 yards on six sacks … After holding the Wave to one yard on the game's first drive, LSU took over at the Tulane 49 and needed just two plays and 41 seconds to score the game's first points. Flynn connected with Brandon LaFell for 43 yards on first down. Then, after an offside penalty on the Wave, Jacob Hester plowed into the end zone with 10:56 remaining in the first quarter to give LSU a 7-0 lead … LSU's offense limped and tripped throughout the half as the Tigers were unable to move the ball past their 30-yard line on their next five possessions. That lack of proficiency cost the Tigers two points as a holding penalty in the end zone gave the Wave a safety with 5:56 remaining in the half and cut the Tiger led to 7-2 … The Tigers awoke from their offensive slumber somewhat on the first drive of the second half, moving to the Green Wave 10-yard line in nine plays before Flynn was sacked again, this time for a 7-yard loss at the Wave 17. Two plays later, Colt David booted a 33-yard field goal to stretch the Tiger lead to a shaky 13-9 with 8:51 left in the third quarter … In the third quarter, fullback Jacob Hester crossed the goal line for the second time to give LSU a 20-9 lead after the point after with 5:53 remaining in the third quarter. The 48-yard drive used up just 2:20 on the clock and was highlighted by a 38-yard completion from Flynn to Terrance Tolliver that set up a 1st-and-goal for the Tigers at the 6-yard line … The two teams then traded interceptions. Flynn badly under-threw a streaking Demetrius Byrd at the Tulane 22. Green Wave safety David Skehan intercepted the pass, giving the Wave a chance to move to the Tiger 28 in six plays … "It is difficult to rate Matt's performance, to be honest with you," coach Les Miles said after the game. "I think he was avoiding the rush at times and getting hit. You like to have thought that he would have had an easy day, but credit Tulane because they were coming and they got to us. We would like to get him more comfortably back in there and making some throws like we would expect, but that wasn't the case." … Record Watch-Flynn's 258 passing yards was a career-high.

Florida … Flynn was still hobbled with his ankle sprain, but managed to connect on 14-of-27 passes for 144 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 28-24 decision, adding 30 yards on four carries, including one that converted a third-down play and another on fourth-down. He had eleven first down completions and helped convert all five fourth-down plays and 8-of-16 third-down plays for the Tigers … LSU trailed 24-14 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but found the guts to muster a 4-yard touchdown pass from Flynn to Demetrius Byrd with 10:15 left in the game on an improbable fourth-down play. The touch-down capped a 5-play, 27-yard drive that was started thanks to an interception of a tipped Tim Tebow pass by defensive end Kirtson Pittman at the Florida 27 … Flynn's biggest play of the game was a 15-yard scramble on third-&-16 in LSU's winning scoring drive that gave fullback Jacob Hester the chance to score on a fourth-&-1 2-yard run … The Tigers again used a trick play to surprise the opposition. LSU trailed 17-7 at halftime but embarked on a lengthy drive after taking the opening kick of the second half to score its second touch-down of the game. Tailback Keiland Williams penetrated the Gators defense from four yards out with 7:49 to play in the third quarter to cap the 16-play, 70-yard drive that was extended by another Tigers trick-bag play on a field goal. Flynn knelt to hold the possible field goal at the Florida 36 on the 11th play of the drive. But, instead of placing the ball, he bounced it off the turf and took off running through the right side of the Gators field-goal defense for eight yards to give LSU a first down at the Florida 17. The touchdown cut the Florida lead to 17-14 as the crowd erupted … The Gators got another chance just three plays later when Flynn threw behind a wide open Brandon LaFell near midfield. LaFell tipped the ball in the air, giving Gator cornerback Joe Haden the chance to haul in the tipped pass at his 45 and advance it to the LSU 45. But, the Tiger defense responded to the offensive gaff and limited the Gators to just one yard on the ensuing drive, forcing a punt … Asked about his thought about kicking a field goal on the fourth-&-1, head coach Les Miles said, "We needed seven (points) right there. It had the feel and Matt Flynn, who started a little rocky again with some dropped balls and things not going his way, when he internalized those things we knew that he was back. We had a nice call that we liked versus what they were showing. He made a nice little run and made a play." … Asked about his thoughts in regards to beating Florida, Flynn stated, "All I can say is that I'm so proud of this team. There was never any doubt in any player's head that we were going to lose that game. We just kept playing. We kept playing hard. We did all the little things. The coaches had a lot of confidence in us. There weren't any halftime adjustments. We were sticking with our game plan. We moved the ball well, but we kind of shot ourselves in the foot a bit early. But we put it on ourselves to come out and play hard. We were talking about the crowd in the locker room. The fans were unbelievable tonight. The atmosphere was so electric. I can't really explain how it felt out on the field. My hat goes out to them tonight."

Kentucky … The Tigers succumbed to Kentucky in a triple overtime 43-37 loss, as Flynn was intercepted once and hit on just 48.6% of his passes (17-of-35) for 130 yards and a touchdown. He gained 53 yards on ten carries, but was sacked three times for losses of 15 yards … One of his few bright spots came midway through the third quarter, when he found tight end Richard Dickson with a 35-yard scoring strike … Asked if the mistakes in the backfield were the main culprit for the loss, coach Les Miles replied, "Mistakes were made? Yeah, you bet. I don't think it was a loss of focus. Matt played as well as he was capable, certainly we'll have the opportunity to correct that. As a coach, I can coach better and I will. I promise you. When something like this happens I look at me first. I can do better."

Auburn … Flynn had a bounce-back performance to guide LSU to a 30-24 decision, but not without some harried moments on the field. He hit on 64.7% of his attempts (22-of-34) for 319 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted once and sacked twice … The Tigers

started slow against Auburn, falling behind 17-7 at halftime. LSU closed the gap to 17-13 in the third quarter following field goals of 29 and 26 yards by Colt David. They then took its first lead of the game at 20-17 on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Flynn to Jacob Hester with 12:55 left to go … Matt Flynn connected with Demetrius Byrd on a 22-yard scoring pass with one second left to lift the Tigers to a 30-24 win. The touchdown capped a comeback that saw the Tigers rally from deficits of 17-7 at halftime and 24-23 with just over three minutes left. It also marked the third-straight game in which the outcome was decided on LSU's final possession. Trailing 24-23 with 3:13 left, Flynn guided LSU on a 9-play, 58-yard drive capped with his scoring pass to Byrd. Flynn rushed for 19 yards, including runs of 10 and 7 yards, on the final drive and threw for another 23 on the team's final possession.

Alabama … For the third time in four games, LSU rallied from a fourth quarter deficit to win, scoring with just over a minute left to beat 17th-ranked Alabama. Jacob Hester's 1-yard scoring plunge with 1:26 left capped a comeback that saw LSU score 14 points, which also included a 32-yard catch-and-run touchdown by Early Doucet on a fourth-down toss from Flynn at the 2:49 mark … The Tigers scored on their first three possessions to build a 17-3 lead just four seconds into the second quarter. However, a series of penalties, break-owns and three interceptions by Flynn put Alabama back in the game, as the Crimson Tide scored 17 unanswered points to take a 20-17 lead at halftime. Alabama stretched its lead to 27-17 late in the third quarter before the Tigers struck back when Flynn hit Demetrius Byrd with a 61-yard touchdown pass … .Flynn finished with 22-of-44 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns, but in addition to his three interceptions, he fumbled once and was sacked three times for losses of 19 yards … After the game, Flynn told reporters, "This team is just tough. We've got so many older guys and so many leaders on this team that they just come out there every day and work hard. It doesn't matter what's happening in the game, they just overcome adversity and find plays. I've said it before - I'm just extremely glad to be a part of this team." … Record Watch-Flynn's 353 yards rank tenth on the school's game-record list and were the most by an LSU quarterback since Rohan Davey threw for 359 yards vs. Arkansas in 2001.

Louisiana Tech … A 58-10 win made Flynn's day much easier than recent contests, as he connected on 14-of-26 tosses for 237 yards and three touchdowns, but he also had a pair of passes intercepted … Flynn began the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run on the game's first series … The QB then had touchdown passes of 71 yards to Terrance Toliver and 37-yards to Brandon LaFell, extending the lead to 27-7 at halftime … LSU stretched its lead to 44-7 on Flynn's 14-yard scoring strike to tight end Richard Dickson in the third quarter … The win gave the Tigers a spot in the SEC title game, prompting Flynn to tell reporters, "It feels nice. We are going to the SEC Championship. That's a good goal that we have accomplished. But there is a lot of football left to play." … Record Watch-By throwing for three touchdowns, Flynn became just the second quarterback in school history to toss at least three touchdown passes in three-straight games. The only other Tiger to accomplish the feat was JaMarcus Russell, who tossed three scoring passes in consecutive games vs. Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi in 2006.

Mississippi … With his ankle injury again acting up and with several dropped balls during the game, Flynn finished with just 168 yards on 17-of-25 chances, but did not have any scoring tosses … He did find the end zone on a first quarter 5-yard run, but was also sacked three times for minus 25 yards.

Arkansas … The Tigers continued to struggle, especially in overtime games, as the Razor-backs upset LSU, 50-48 in triple overtime, as Flynn's two-point conversion attempt was intercepted on the game's final play … The LSU passer hit on 22-of-47 throws (46.8%) for 209 yards and three touchdowns, adding 27 yards and a score on nine carries, but also played the second half with a right shoulder contusion that would sideline him the next week vs. Tennessee … Flynn found Demetrius Byrd with a 7-yard scoring strike to pull within 28-21 in the fourth quarter … That was followed by a fourth-&-goal 2-yard touch-down toss to Byrd in the final minute of regulation, sending the game into overtime … The teams traded touchdowns in the first two overtimes before the game-clincher in the third OT period. Arkansas took the lead for good in the third overtime when it converted on a two-point conversion. LSU responded with a touchdown in the third overtime period as Flynn connected with Brandon LaFell on a 9-yard pass. LSU's attempt on the two-point conversion was denied as Arkansas beat the Tigers for the first time since 2002 … The loss snapped LSU's 19-game home winning streak and also marked the Tigers' first loss in a game played in November since 2002 … Coach Les Miles said after the game, "This team is not happy. We understand that this cost us and what was at stake. We now have to look forward to playing another game, a very important game and one that is much bigger than the one we just played. That is what we have to focus on."

Tennessee (SEC Championship Game) … Did not play due to the right shoulder injury that he suffered the previous week vs. Arkansas.

Ohio State (BCS Championship Game) … Flynn capped off his career by completing 19-of-27 passes season-high 70.4%) for 174 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in a 38-24 victory that gave the Tigers a national title … Early in the second quarter, the Tiger QB rolled out to find Richard Dickson with a 13-yard scoring toss that ended a 7-play, 84-yard series, tying the game at 10-10 … On their next drive, LSU took a lead that they never surrendered, as Flynn threw a 10-yard touchdown to Brandon LaFell and then engineered two more scoring drives, including one in the third quarter that ended with a 4-yard touch-down pass to Early Doucet … With 1:50 left in the game, Flynn sealed the win with a 5-yard scoring toss to Dickson … Record Watch-Flynn's four touchdowns tied the school game-record held by several others, but it also established a Tiger bowl record.

2006 Season

Flynn appeared in all 13 games as the team's holder for placement kicks … Also saw action in 10 contests as a quarterback, attempting a pass in five of those games … Finished with just 133 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 12-of-20 passing (60.0%) … Rushed 13 times for 86 yards (6.6-yard average) and one score … Gained 152 yards in total offense on 33 plays (15.2 ypg) … Fumbled once (vs. Tulane) and was sacked three times for losses of 19 yards.

2006 Game Analysis

Louisiana-Lafayette … Flynn began the season with 24 yards on four carries and hit on 3-of-5 tosses for 36 yards.

Arizona … Completed all three pass attempts for 34 yards and ran for an eight-yard gain.

Tulane … On first-&-goal late in the third quarter, Flynn recovered his own fumble on a draw play and advanced the ball 5 yards for his first career rushing touchdown.

Kentucky … With starter JaMarcus Russell struggling, LSU switched to back up QB Flynn late in the game, as he rushed three times for 32 yards and threw for a pair of scores on 4-of-6 attempts for 52 yards … Except for a one-yard loss on a sack on the drive's first play, Flynn seamlessly guided LSU on a 43-yard scoring effort, completing passes to Dwayne Bowe for 24 yards and a 1-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter … At the start of the fourth quarter, Flynn claimed the drive's big play with a 27-yard scramble to set up a first-&-goal at the Wildcat 2-yard line. Flynn threw his second touchdown pass of the contest on the next play, finding fullback Shawn Jordan who curled out of the backfield to the goal line. The short pitch and catch capped a 9-play drive that traversed 92 yards of turf in 2:53.

2005 Season

Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll member … Appeared in 13 games as the team's holder and seven games at quarterback, earning Game Offensive MVP honors in his first collegiate start, vs. Miami in the Peach Bowl … Became the first non-starter in school history to throw three touchdowns in one quarter of a game (vs. North Texas) in school annals … Connected on 27-of-48 passes (56.2%) for 457 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception … Collected 44 yards on twelve carries (3.7-yard average), finishing with 501 yards in total offense on 60 plays (55.7 ypg) … Sacked five times for minus-49 yards.

2005 Game Analysis

Mississippi State … Completed 2-of-4 passes for 25 yards.

North Texas … Flynn entered the game early in the fourth quarter and completed the first pass he threw to Xavier Carter for a 49-yard touchdown. Flynn threw two more touchdown passes before the game's end and finished a perfect 7-7 passing for 139 yards … North Texas punted on its next possession giving Matt Flynn an opportunity to make the thinning crowd cheer. Flynn guided a play-action pass on the drive's first play 49-yards to a leaping Carter, who carried the catch into the north end zone. The one-play drive staked LSU to a 42-3 advantage with 13:51 remaining in the game … Flynn continued to stretch his arm on LSU's next possession completing a 10-yard pass to Bennie Brazell on the drive's first play and a 40-yarder to Early Doucet for a touchdown … Flynn connected on his final touchdown, again to Doucet, this time from 6-yards out with 3:32 remaining to extend the lead to 56-3 … Record Watch-LSU's 49-yard touchdown pass from Flynn to Xavier Carter early in the fourth quarter was the Tigers' longest touchdown pass of the season … LSU's 383 passing yards marks a season high and are the most by the team since the 2002 Sugar Bowl versus Illinois. The Tigers accumulated 444 yards through the air against the Illini …

Flynn's three touchdown passes are the most by an LSU quarterback since Matt Mauck tossed four vs. Arkansas on Nov. 28, 2003 and were the most in a quarter by a non-starting LSU QB.

Mississippi … Flynn hit on 2-of-4 tosses for 61 yards, including a 55-yard score to Bennie Brazell early in the fourth quarter.

Georgia (Southeastern Conference Championship Game) … Flynn connected on just 3-of-11 throws for 36 yards and an interception and was sacked twice for minus 20 yards, but his carries of 14 & 7 yards over left end set up his 19-yard scoring strike to Dwayne Bowe to end a 9-play, 79-yard fourth quarter drive … The game ended in a victory for Georgia, when Flynn was sacked for a 12-yard loss on a fourth-&-10 play as time expired.

Miami (Peach Bowl) … First-time starting QB Matt Flynn earned the game's Offensive Most Outstanding Player honor by completing 13-of-22 passes for 196 yards and two touch-downs … He ran for a 15-yard gain at the start of the second quarter and then found Craig Davis with a 11-yard sideline pass before hitting Davis with a 51-yard touchdown bomb … Prior to the end of the first half, Flynn threw 32 & 11-yarders to Dwayne Bowe, followed by an 8-yard pass to Davis. He then lobbed a third-&-3 toss to halfback Joseph Addai for a 4-yard touchdown, ending a 9-play, 68-yard series … Record Watch- Flynn's start against No. 9 Miami marked the highest ranked team an LSU QB faced in his first start since Josh Booty started at No. 10 Georgia on Oct. 2, 1999 (A 23-22 Georgia win) … Flynn also became the first LSU quarterback to make his first career start in a bowl game … Of his eight career touchdowns to date, five were from 40 yards or more.

2004 Season

Listed third on the depth chart at quarterback behind Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell, Flynn saw action in 12 games as the team's holder for placements and field goals … Also lined up at quarterback in the Arkansas State, Mississippi State, Troy and Iowa contests … Completed only 4-of-10 passes (40.0%) for 99 yards and a touchdown … Ran three times for minus-5 yards and produced 94 yards in total offense on 13 plays (9.4-yard average) … Was sacked once for a 14-yard loss.

2004 Game Analysis

Arkansas State … Flynn made his collegiate debut with a 4-yard run, but failed to connect on two pass attempts.

Mississippi State … The back-up QB completed 2-of-3 passes for 87 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown to Xavier Carter at the start of the fourth quarter, as he found the fresh-man receiver wide open 15 yards down the field on second down. Carter turned the simple completion into an explosive 67-yard touchdown as he showed off some of his rumored world-class speed.

2003 Season

Enrolled at Louisiana State, but redshirted, spending the season competing on the scout team.

Injury Report

2002: Played in his final four high school games with a broken bone in his foot.

2007: Suiffered a right ankle sprain vs. Virginia Tech (9/08), sitting out the following week vs. Middle Tennessee (9/15) … Suffered a right shoulder sprain in the second half vs. Arkansas (11/23), missing the SEC title game vs. Tennessee (12/01).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.65 in the 40-yard dash … 315-pound bench press … 308-pound power clean … 31 1/8-inch arm length … 8 1/2-inch hands … Right-handed … 26/38 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Robert E. Lee (Tyler, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Owens … One of the top-rated quarterbacks in the state of Texas and ranked the No. 20 quarterback in the country by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and ESPN.com … Member of the Super Prep Texas 124 team, adding Dallas Morning News Texas Top 100 and the Tyler Morning Telegraph All-East Texas Football Team honors … As a senior, he completed 124-of-206 passes for 1,679 yards and nine touchdowns while also displaying his ability on the ground with 305 yards rushing and 12 more scores … Showed his dedication and toughness by leading the Red Raiders to a semifinal appearance in one of the toughest classifications in Texas, despite playing his last four games with a broken foot … As a junior, Flynn connected on 101-of-199 passes for 1,650 yards, thirteen touch-downs and nine interceptions. That season, he guided his team to a Class 5A playoff appearance, but lost to eventual state champion Mesquite.


Communication Studies major … Son of Ruth and Alvin Flynn … Born Matthew Clayton Flynn on 6/20/85 in Tyler, Texas.


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