| Matt Trissel
6-0 · 240
Teague, Texas (Teague)
Intelligent, reliable and determined athlete who played in 47 career games (with 17 starting assignments) at fullback, including four bowl games (2000 & 2003 Cotton Bowls; 2000-01 Holiday Bowls) ... caught 12 passes for 89 yards and a TD during his career ... also saw time on special teams ... helped open holes for a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his three years as a starter (1,293, Cedric Benson, 2002; 1,053, Benson, 2001; 1,118, Hodges Mitchell, 2000) ... despite battling injuries, played in 12 games and started five in 2002 ... played in all 13 games and started six contests in 2001 ... tabbed Texas' Most Consistent Offensive Player in 2001 ... played in all 12 games at fullback and started six contests in 2000 ... began his career at UT as a linebacker before switching to fullback early in his freshman season ... made significant contributions on special teams as a true freshman in 1999 ... a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection in 2000 and a second-team choice in 2001.
Played in 12 games and started five contests at fullback despite battling an ankle injury for most of the season ... missed the Iowa State game ... was also a member of UT's kickoff return team ... earned UT's American Airlines D.X. Bible Team Spirit and Dr. Nassar Al-Rashid Strength & Conditioning awards ... caught two passes for 20 yards ... had a 15-yard reception at Tulane and a 5-yarder at North Carolina ... helped the offense rank fifth in the Big 12 and 16th nationally in scoring (33.8 ppg) ... helped open holes for UT's eighth consecutive 1,000-yard rusher sophomore Cedric Benson (1,293 yards) ... had his first career rushing attempt in the regular season finale against Texas A&M ... shared UT's Darrell K Royal Offensive Player of the Week Award at North Carolina.
Played in all 13 games, including the Holiday Bowl, and started six games ... second-team Academic All-Big 12 selection ... named UT's Most Consistent Offensive Player ... also shared the team's Strength & Conditioning Award ... caught five passes for 26 yards out of the backfield ... did not record any rushing attempts but was a key blocker who opened holes for UT's seventh consecutive 1,000-yard rusher (Cedric Benson, UT freshman-record 1,053 yards) ... also helped clear the way for Benson's five straight 100-yard rushing games from Oct. 13-Nov. 10 ... helped UT score 39.2 points per game (sixth NCAA) and tally 162.3 rushing, 250.3 passing and 412.6 total yards per contest ... had one of his best games as a Longhorn against No. 21 Washington in the Holiday Bowl, setting single-game career highs for receptions (five) and receiving yards (29) ... also had a 2-yard TD catch in UT's 47-43 come-from-behind victory ... had an 8-yard reception against North Carolina.
Played in all 12 games, including the Holiday Bowl, and started six contests at fullback ... a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection ... posted five receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown ... had a career-best 15-yard catch against Oklahoma State ... a key blocker that helped pave the way for UT's sixth consecutive 1,000-yard rusher (Hodges Mitchell, 1,118 yards) ... helped clear paths for Mitchell's back-to-back 200-yard rushing games (229 at Texas Tech; 264 at Kansas) ... helped open holes for Mitchell to rush for more than 100 yards in four of the final six regular season games (150.8 ypg) ... helped lead the way for UT's 637 yards of total offense (fourth in school history) and 396 rushing yards at Kansas ... helped lead UT to a 205-yard rushing day against Oklahoma State, which led the nation in rushing defense at the time of the game.
Played in 10 games, including the Cotton Bowl, as a true freshman, primarily on special teams ... his six special teams tackles were tied for fifth-most on the team ... saw his first collegiate action in the fourth game of the season (vs. Rice) ... had a season-high two stops against Oklahoma ... a member of UT's kickoff return and punt return coverage units ... saw action at fullback against Texas Tech.
Coached by Greg Huber at Teague High ... earned first-team Texas 3A all-state (Texas Sportswriters Association) honors at linebacker in 1998 ... posted 121 tackles, two sacks, 10 TFLs, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries (one for a 45-yard TD) as a senior ... also blocked four kicks ... tabbed District co-Defensive MVP ... a three-time first-team all-district selection at linebacker ... recorded 107 tackles as a junior ... a first-team all-district tight end as a junior ... had 94 tackles as a sophomore ... also a track standout who claimed district titles in the discus and 110-meter hurdles ... finished fourth at the 1997 U.S. Junior Nationals in the shot and discus.
Born 1/10/80 in Shattuck, Okla ... full name is Matthew Wayne Trissel ... also lived in Moorehead and Alva, Okla., before moving to Teague ... majored in communications studies/human relations ... a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection (first team, 2000; second team, 2001) ... a three-time member of the Athletics Director's Honor Roll ... a two-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll honoree ... was very active in UT's community service program ... was a regular visitor at the Austin Children's Hospital ... volunteered at Austin School for the Deaf's annual sports day ... earned honorable mention Academic All-State honors in 1998 ... volunteered time as a youth mentor and in the Adopt-A-Highway Program ... member of the National Honor Society ... earned a Physical Science Merit Award ... a member of the UIL reading/writing team.
Year G/GS Rush-Yds YPC TD Long Rec-Yds YPC TD Long
2002 12/5 1-(-2) (-2.0) 0 - 2-20 10.0 0 15/TU
2001 12/5 0-0 - 0 - 5-26 5.2 0 8/UNC
2000 11/5 0-0 - 0 - 5-43 8.6 1 15/OSU
1999 10/0 0-0 - 0 - 0-0 - 0 -
Career 45/15 1-(-2) (-2.0) 0 - 12-89 7.4 1 15/2x
Receptions: 5 (for 29 yards) vs. Washington (Jr.)*
Receiving yards: 29 yards (on five receptions) vs. Washington (Jr.)*; 29 yards (on two receptions) vs. Oklahoma State (So.)
Receiving TDs: 1 vs. Washington (Jr.)*; vs. Houston (So.)