Made 10 starts for the Aggies at center, while missing a pair of games -- vs. Rice and SMU -- due to injury ... provided protection for the SEC’s top passing attack, which led the conference in passing yards and touchdowns ... team ranked No. 5 in scoring and No. 6 in total offense ... Aggies allowed 25 sacks (2.1 per game), while attempting 479 passes (39.9 per game) ... member of the Rimington Trophy watch list.
The Aggies’ starting center in all 13 games … cornerstone of the award-winning Texas A&M offensive line … blocked for the powerful Aggie offense, which was one of only three teams to rank in the top 10 nationally in scoring, passing and total offense … offense additionally ranked first in the nation in first downs offense and in the top 25 nationally in completion percentage, 3rd down conversion percentage, 4th down conversion percentage and team passing efficiency … blocked for 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and 2013 finalist Johnny Manziel, allowing him to attain a 69 percent completion rate, pass for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns and lead the team in rushing yards with 759 ... named the Weight Room Offseason MVP at the Aggies’ annual team banquet.
Earned playing time in seven games on the offensive line ... saw late action against SEC opponents Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and Missouri.
Coached by Dennis Brantley at Elkins HS … US Army All-American … named second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated … earned All-Greater Houston honors from the Houston Chronicle as a senior … honorable mention Class 5A all-state honors in 2011 … two-time All-District 23-5A selection after registering 60 pancakes as a junior and senior … recorded 27 pancakes and allowed 0 sacks as a senior … as a junior, he posted 33 pancakes and just one sack allowed … ESPN ranked him as the No. 7 center nationally in 2011 … 4-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247sports.com … ranked No. 2 center nationally by Rivals. com … rated No. 32 player and No. 5 offensive lineman in Texas by Super- Prep … ranked No. 28 on the Austin American-Stateman’s Texas Fab 55 … Matthews chose Texas A&M over offers from Arizona, Texas Tech, LSU, and USC.
Michael Matthews is the son of Carrie and Bruce Matthews of Sugar Land, Texas … born January 27, 1994 … university studies major in the Mays Business School ... his 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, and currently serves as an assistant coach with the Titans … his oldest brother, Kevin, was a two-year starter at center for the Aggies (2008-09) … another brother, Jake, was a four-year starter and two-time All-American, and he was selected No. 6 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.