Matthews has made 45 consecutive starts on the Texas A&M offensive line entering the Chick-fil-A Bowl game in Atlanta against Duke on Dec. 31. The Missouri City, Texas, native was a finalist for the Outland Trophy presented annually to the nation's outstanding interior lineman. A versatile player, Matthews could play any position along the offensive front and he held down the right tackle position his first three years before flipping to the left tackle slot his senior season. He is also the deep snapper on PAT and field goals for the Aggies.
First-team All-American by the Football Writers of America Association ... earned first-team All-SEC honors from the league's coaches and the Associated Press ... also earned second-team All-America honors from Walter Camp and third-team honors from the AP ... part of the Aggie offense that outscored opponents nearly 2-to-1, led the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense and ranked third nationally in total offense and scoring offense ... blocked for freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel in a record-breaking season that earned him the Heisman Trophy ... served as the team's deep snapper.
Cornerstone of the Aggies' offensive front that allowed just nine sacks in 13 games and set school records for total, passing and scoring offense ? offense front paved the way for an offense that averaged 490.2 yards of total offense, 291.1 passing yards and 39.1 points per game ? helped the Aggies rush for 199.2 yard per game, which ranked No. 24 nationally ? Aggies were one of the few team nationally to rank in the top 25 in all four major offense statistical categories.
Named to ESPN.com's All-Big 12 Freshman team and was an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick ... moved into the starting lineup when offensive tackle starter Brian Thomas moved inside after an injury to Evan Eike ... started the final seven games of the season at offensive tackle and played in a total of 10 games ... with Matthews in the starting lineup, the Aggies allowed just 14 sacks in the final seven games after allowing 23 in the first six games of 2010.
Coached by Robert Crivellari at Elkins High School in Missouri City ... consensus All-American (Parade, USA Today, SuperPrep, Rivals.com) ... honorable mention all-state pick by the Associated Press ... also a first-team all-district, all-greater Houston honoree ... chose Texas A&M over offers from Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Oregon, Texas, Texas Tech, USC and Stanford.
Jacob Matthews is the son of Carrie and Bruce Matthews of Sugar Land, Texas ... born February 11, 1992 ... father, Bruce, was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2007 after an illustrious 19-year career with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans ... older brother, Kevin, was a two-year starter at center for the Aggies (2008-09) ... hasn't declared a major.
- The Falcons have big plans for first-round pick Jake Matthews. "We've got a really good football player, who's going to be able to protect our quarterback, but he's also going to be able to win the line of scrimmage in the running game," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. The Falcons introduced Matthews as a potential pillar of the organization. "When you pick the sixth overall pick, from an organizational standpoint, your goal is to pick a pillar for the organization," Falcons coach Thomas Dimitroff said. "That's your goal. We feel very strongly that our acquisition was a pillar pick."
Matthews, who's likely to sign a contract similar to the four-year, $18.6 million deal that Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah signed with last season, was elated to be selected by the Falcons. "Throughout this whole process, whether it was doing workouts or visiting, Atlanta always felt like the right place," Matthews said. "Secretly and honestly, I was really hoping that I would end up here. I'm so glad that it worked out this way." - The Sports Xchange