In less than two full seasons, Rishard Matthews has put his name among some notable company in Nevada's record books with his stellar play. He was named first-team All-WAC this season and earned honorable mention All-America honors by SI.com after leading the WAC in both receptions and yards, the first time in Nevada's tenure in the conference that a Wolf Pack player has done so. He has nine career 100-yard games, including seven this season. Against Utah State, the senior wide receiver caught a career-best 12 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown. For Matthews, it marked his second career 200-yard game as he posted a 220- yard effort earlier this season against UNLV. Matthews enters the bowl game ranked seventh in the nation in receiving yards at 113.6 yards per game and 10th in the country in receptions per game at 7.6. He leads the WAC in both. Matthews is moving up in the record books at Nevada, despite being in just his second season with the Wolf Pack. As a punt returner, Mathews is sixth in the nation with 13.35 yards per return and his 86-yard return for a touchdown earlier this season is the seventh-longest return in the country this season. He has 551 punt return yards in his career at Nevada, which ranks seventh on the Pack's career list. His 307 punt return yards this season is ninth-best in single-season history.
Honors candidate who has been named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's top receiver ... Also named to the 50-man watch list for the Hornung Award, given to the nation's most versatile player ... Considered one of the top play-makers in the Western Athletic Conference with his abilities at receiver and as a punt returner ... Was named to the preseason All-WAC team by Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook as both a wide receiver and as a punt returner ... Named preseason first-team All-WAC by Athlon Sports as a wide receiver and as a punt returner ... Named preseason first-team All-WAC by Phil Steele as a wide receiver and as a punt returner ... Named preseason first-team All-WAC by Lindy's as a wide receiver and as a punt returner ... Named preseason first-team All-WAC as a wide receiver by The Sporting News.
First Team All-Western Athletic Conference in 2011...Started and appeared in 12 games...team leader in receptions (91) yards (1364/15.0 yards per catch) and receiving touchdows (8)...(23-307-13.3 ave-1 TD) as a punt returner.
Named second-team All-WAC as a wide receiver ... Emerged as a starter and the top receiving threat for the Wolf Pack ... Caught 49 passes for 793 yards and four touchdowns on the season ... Had a reception in every game during the regular season ... Had a breakout game at Idaho with seven catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns ... Career game came in the thrilling overtime win against Boise State when he caught 10 passes for 172 yards and a score and also had a 44-yard touchdown run ... Both touchdowns against Boise State came in the second half as Nevada rallied from a 24-7 halftime deficit to win 34-31 in overtime ... His touchdown catch against Boise State sent the game to overtime ... Was named the Offensive MVP of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl after a seven-catch performance good for 86 yards and a touchdown ... Also returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown in the bowl game, which was Nevada's first punt return for a TD since 2001 ... As a return man, had five kick returns for 91 yards and 25 punt returns for 244 yards ... Was second on the team 1,290 all-purpose yards in 2010.
A graduate of Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, Calif. ... Was a multi-sport letterwinner as a standout in football and basketball ... Was an all-state selection at Saddleback ... Verballed to Oregon as a senior.
Born Rishard Andre Matthews on Oct. 12, 1989 ... Son of Andre Matthews and Ursula Matthews ... Has a sister, Avien DeSantos and a brother, Chris Ruiz ... Uncle Clarenze McZiel rank track at Lamar University ... Chose Nevada because of the program and the coaching staff ... Sports hero is Jim Brown.