|City/State:||Agoura Hills, Calif.|
|High School:||Oaks Christian HS|
PERSONAL — Born Casey Christopher Matthews on Jan. 16, 1989 in Northridge, Calif. Parents: Clay and Leslie Matthews. Family: Three brothers, one sister. High School (Coach): Oaks Christian (Bill Redell), 2007. Major: Economics. Note: Father, Clay, was a 19-year NFL veteran and USC All-American.
2010 — Oregon’s lone representative in the Senior Bowl • Second-team All-America honors from Scout.com • First-team All-Pac-10 according to the conference coaches, Scout.com and Rivals.com • A second-team All-Pac-10 choice by Phil Steele • Co-recipient of the Skeie’s Award as the team’s most outstanding player • Named one of four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy (defensive IMPACT player of the year) and one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award (nation’s best linebacker) • 13-game starter at middle linebacker was the Pac-10 co-leader with three fumble recoveries and the team’s top tackler with 79 stops • Fourth on the squad with 9.0 TFLs • Career-high three interceptions tied for eighth in the Pac-10 and ranked third on the team • Forced the first fumble of his career to go with six tackles, one breakup and 0.5 TFLs in BCS National Championship Game vs. Auburn • Five tackles, including a sack and 2.0 TFLs in win at Oregon State • Team-leading (tie) eight stops to go with a pass breakup and quarterback hurry vs. Arizona • Team-high (tie) seven tackles, 1.0 TFL in win at Cal • Team-high (tie) eight tackles in win vs. Washington • 10 tackles, including six solo stops and 1.0 TFL, one pass breakup in win at USC • One sack among six total tackles in win vs. UCLA • Career-high third interception to go with five stops and 1.0 TFL in win at Washington State • Eight tackles and a pair of quarterback hurries in win vs. Stanford • Made an interception, recovered a fumble and notched six tackles, 0.5 for loss in win at Arizona State • Recovered a fumble and made his lone tackle count for a sack (loss of 7 yards) in win vs. Portland State • Made six tackles, including 0.5 TFL in win at Tennessee • Had an interception, fumble recovery, 0.5 TFL and three total tackles in season-opening win vs. New Mexico • Began the season on the watch list for the Lombardi Award • Preseason third-team All-American selection by Rivals.com • Preseason All-Pac-10 second team according to Phil Steele • Made the team’s biggest advance in the vertical jump during winter workouts, posting a 5.5-inch improvement to pace all linebackers with a best of 33 inches.
2009 — One of Oregon’s leading tacklers tied for the Pac-10 lead in stops following the first three games before a balanced effort led to three different players sharing team’s top honors over the next three games • Finishing the season tied as the Ducks’ second-leading tackler (81), the Pac-10’s second-team all-conference pick shared runner-up honors with seven tackles vs. USC after leading the team in stops in each of its first two games vs. Boise State and Purdue • Tallied a career single-game best 12 tackles (seven unassisted) against Purdue and shared team lead with eight tackles vs. Arizona State • Posted double-digit stops in each of his first two games of the year before completing the year with nine stops in the finale against Ohio State • Secured his first interception as a collegian against the Boilermakers, which led to a first-quarter field goal • Credited with six tackles at UCLA, including 1.5 quarterback sacks, as well as six stops vs. Oregon State.
2008 — Oregon’s sixth-leading tackler became a fixture in the starting lineup from the seventh game on • Part of the Pac-10’s top team in terms of tackles for loss, ranking third on the Ducks with 13.0 for 44 yards • Credited with a career-high nine tackles on three occasions: at Cal, vs. Stanford and vs. Oklahoma State • Made eight stops at USC, including 2.5 TFLs and a sack • All six of his tackles at Purdue were of the solo variety • Recorded at least one tackle in 12 of 13 appearances.
2007 — The true freshman played in the first 11 games and earned a start at Arizona before a shoulder injury prevented him from appearing in either the Civil War or the Sun Bowl • Recorded 11 of his 18 tackles unassisted, including four stops against the Wildcats and three vs. both Fresno State and Arizona State • Also posted two tackles for loss in the win over the Sun Devils • Participated in 62 plays at Arizona after taking part in 53 snaps the previous week against Arizona State.
HIGH SCHOOL — The three-star honoree was ranked among the top 10 linebackers in California by SuperPrep as well as among the best 25 at his position in the country by Scout.com • Garnered Best in the West honorable mention acclaim by the Long Beach Press-Telegram after assisting the Lions to sixth in the final USA Today national rankings • The two-time all-Tri Valley League selection also was named defensive player of the year and all-county his junior and senior seasons while leading the team in tackles both years • Was credited with 158 tackles and two interceptions in 2006 in addition to 10 quarterback sacks for the CIF Division III state champions, who posted a 15-0 ledger • Added 132 tackles and four picks as a junior.
MATTHEWS’ CAREER BESTS
All-purpose yards 15, Arizona, Nov 26, 2010
Kick returns 1, at California, Nov 01, 2008; Arizona, Nov 26, 2010
Kick return yards 15, Arizona, Nov 26, 2010 (1 returns)
Long kick return 15, Arizona, Nov 26, 2010
Interceptions 1, four times
Long interception return 10, Purdue, Sep 12, 2009
Tackles 12, Purdue, Sep 12, 2009 (7-5)
Sacks 1.5, at UCLA, Oct 10, 2009 (1-1)
Tackles for loss 2.5, at USC, Oct 04, 2008 (2-0)
Fumbles forced: 1, vs Auburn, Jan 10, 2011
Fumbles recovered 1, three times, last at Arizona State, Sep 25, 2010
Pass breakups 1, 10 times
HONORS AND AWARDS
•2nd Team All-America (Scout.com)
•1st Team All-Pac 10 (Pac-10 Coaches, Rivals.com, Scout.com)
•2nd Team All-Pac-10 (Phil Steele)
•Team’s Most Outstanding Player (Skeie’s Award)
•2nd Team All-Pac-10 (Pac-10 Coaches, Phil Steele Publications)