Back to School: Fund Helps Former Student-Athletes Finish Degrees
At Michigan ... four-year letterman ... played in 49 career games and made 27 starts at wide receiver ... caught at least one pass in 23 straight games, spanning from Appalachian State (Sept. 1, 2007) to Northwestern (Nov. 15, 2008) ... became 25th Wolverine to gain at least 1,000 career receiving yards (surpassed the mark at Penn State, Oct. 24, 2009) ... recorded 100th career reception vs. Purdue (Nov. 7, 2009) ... made 110 catches for 1,195 yards and six touchdowns during his career ... returned 43 punts for 316 yards (7.3 avg.) ... 2007 John F. Maulbetsch Award recipient as the freshman football candidate after spring practice that shows the basis of desire, character, capacity for leadership and future success both on and off the gridiron.
Senior (2009) ... earned fourth varsity letter ... started 11 of 12 games at wide receiver ... made 29 receptions for 352 yards and scored one touchdown ... caught two passes for 18 yards and returning two punts for 16 yards vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 5) ... snared five receptions for 68 yards vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 12), including the game-winning touchdown grab with 11 seconds remaining in the contest ... set career long with a 40-yard, one-handed reception in the first quarter against the Irish ... recorded one tackle on a Notre Dame interception return ... started at wide receiver and punt returner vs. Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19), Indiana (Sept. 26) and at Michigan State (Oct. 3) ... did not start but played wide receiver at Iowa (Oct. 10) ... had a 14-yard reception vs. Delaware State (Oct. 17) ... caught a career-tying seven balls for 70 yards vs. Penn State (Oct. 24) ... became 25th Wolverine to earn 1,000 career receiving yards in fourth quarter against PSU ... caught three passes for 34 yards at Illinois (Oct. 31) ... earned 100th career catch in the Purdue (Nov. 7) game, a 28-yard grab ... made four receptions for 53 yards at Wisconsin (Nov. 14) ... caught six passes for 67 yards vs. Ohio State (Nov. 21).
Junior (2008) ... earned third varsity letter ... started eight games at wide receiver and played in 11 contests ... second on the squad with 35 receptions for 409 yards (11.7 avg.) and two touchdowns ... caught at least one pass in 11 straight games played ... totaled a team-high 54 yards on three receptions vs. Utah (Aug. 30) ... missed the Miami (Sept. 6) game due to injury ... collected four passes for 46 yards at Notre Dame (Sept. 13) ... led all U-M receivers with four catches for 48 yards vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 27) ... added an 11-yard punt return against the Badgers ... grabbed four passes for a career-high 73 yards and one touchdown vs. Illinois (Oct. 4) ... grabbed first TD reception of the season on an 11-yard completion to provide Michigan a 14-3 lead in the first quarter against the Fighting Illini ... hauled in a 31-yard catch to set up a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Illinois ... returned three punts for 39 yards, including a career-long 32-yard run back vs. UI ... caught five passes for 19 yards vs. Toledo (Oct. 11)... grabbed one pass for six yards and returned one punt at Penn State (Oct. 18) ... had a 13-yard reception vs. Michigan State (Oct. 25) ... grabbed two passes for 25 yards at Purdue (Nov. 1) ... gained a team- and personal-best 79 yards on a season-high six receptions and scored one touchdown at Minnesota (Nov. 8) ... grabbed second TD reception of the season on an eight-yard pass from Nick Sheridan against the Gophers ... snared a one-handed 28-yard reception in the first quarter of the Minnesota game ... led team with five receptions for 46 yards vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... starting wide receiver at Ohio State (Nov. 22) ... had a 23-game reception streak snapped against the Buckeyes ... returned one punt seven yards in the OSU game.
Sophomore (2007)... earned second varsity letter ... played in all 13 games and started seven contests at wide receiver ... third on the team with career highs in receptions (39), receiving yards (366) and receiving touchdowns (three) ... has 28 punt returns for 224 yards ... fifth in the Big Ten and 61st nationally in punt returns (8.0 avg.) ... led team and set career high with seven receptions for 68 yards and first career touchdown vs. Appalachian State (Sept. 1) ... made a five-yard reception and added an 11-yard punt return against Oregon (Sept. 8) ... returned a career-high five punts for 30 yards vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 15) ... added a 26-yard touchdown reception against the Irish ... made two catches for 21 yards and added three punt returns for 29 yards against Penn State (Sept. 22) ... caught four passes for 38 yards at Northwestern (Sept. 29) ... made three receptions for 21 yards vs. Eastern Michigan (Oct. 6) ... had two catches for 13 yards and returned two punts for 21 yards vs. Purdue (Oct. 13) ... caught three passes for 28 yards at Illinois (Oct. 20), including a 21-yard play in the fourth quarter ... set a career high with six punt returns for 57 yards and caught two passes for 10 yards vs. Minnesota (Oct. 27) ... had a 19-yard punt return against the Gophers ... made three catches for 23 yards at Michigan State (Nov. 3), including a 14-yard touchdown reception from Chad Henne that pulled U-M within three points with 6:47 remaining in the contest ... added a 29-yard career long punt return against the Spartans ... caught three passes for 46 yards and returned two punt returns for 16 yards at Wisconsin (Nov. 10) ... matched career long with a 26-yard reception against the Badgers ... matched career high with six punt returns totaling 32 yards and made a five-yard reception vs. Ohio State (Nov. 17) ... matched career high with seven receptions for 62 yards vs. Florida in the Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1).
Freshman (2006)... earned first varsity letter ... played wide receiver in all 13 games and started one contest ... grabbed seven receptions for 68 yards (9.7 avg.) ... made career debut at wide receiver vs. Vanderbilt (Sept. 2) ... caught a 12-yard pass against Central Michigan (Sept. 9), his first career reception ... played wideout in road debut at Notre Dame (Sept. 16) ... saw action at wide receiver in conference games against Wisconsin (Sept. 23) and at Minnesota (Sept. 30) ... made a six-yard reception against Michigan State (Oct. 7) ... played wide receiver at Penn State (Oct. 14) ... made his first career start at wide receiver vs. Iowa (Oct. 21), catching a career-best three passes for 16 yards ... grabbed two catches for a career-best 34 yards vs. Northwestern (Oct. 28) ... hauled in a 22-yard career long pass against the Wildcats ... played wide receiver against Ball State (Nov. 4) and in road games at Indiana (Nov. 11) and Ohio State (Nov. 18) ... played wideout against Southern California in the Rose Bowl (Jan. 1), his first career bowl action.
Prep... attended Edgewater High School (2006) coached by Bill Gierke ... three-year starter ... Key Statistics... collected 110 receptions for 1,928 yards and 22 touchdowns in his career ... caught 59 passes for 1,108 yards and scored 14 touchdowns as a senior ... averaged 18.4 yards per catch senior year ... hauled in six receptions for 397 yards and four touchdowns his junior season ... Honors and Rankings... named first-team all-state, first-team All-Metro Conference and first-team All-Central Florida ... Parade Magazine All-American ... rated as the No. 8 receiver prospect nationally by Rivals.com ... four-star prospect and the 93rd-best player nationally according to Rivals.com ... listed as the 11th-best player in the state of Florida according to Rivals.com ... named 2005 Orlando Sentinel Player of the Year ... ranked the No. 9 wide receiver in the nation by PrepStar Magazine ... rated as No. 100 overall player nationally by Prep Football Report ... ranked as the No. 100 overall player in the nation by USA Today... Other Sports... three-year letter winner and starter on the varsity basketball team.
Personal... Gregory Jerome Mathews was born January 28, 1988 in Honolulu, Hawaii ... cousin of Ohio State receiver/returner Ted Ginn Jr. ... enrolled in the Division of Kinesiology ... major undeclared.