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43 Matt Farrior

CAREER: Played in 39 games, with 15 starts for 1,232 plays...Also played in the 2001 Sugar Bowl and 2002 Orange Bowl...117 total tackles (57 solo) and seven "Big Plays" (three TBLs, two forced fumbles and two INTs)...

2003: Saw action in the linebacker rotation at OLB and played in every game with nine starts (FAMU, Tennessee, Ole Miss, LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, Vanderbilt, FSU, Iowa)...Ranked fourth among Gator linebackers with 51 tackles...Also had an interception, a TFL, and a forced fumble...Ranked third among UF linebackers with 600 plays...Had an interception vs. Ole Miss, setting up a Gator touchdown...Recorded five tackles vs. FAMU...Led the LB unit in tackles (3) in the season opener vs. SJSU and also forced a fumble...Recorded four tackles on just 15 plays on defense vs. No. 3 Miami...Named a UF game captain for the FAMU game...

2002: The starter at middle linebacker for the first two games, moved to backup outside linebacker for the rest of the season...Played on punt coverage team...Saw action in seven games (UAB, Miami, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan) for 147 plays...Had three tackles in each of the first three games, including two unassisted hits vs. Ohio...

2001: The top backup at weakside linebacker behind Mike Nattiel and also played a prominent role on special teams...Played in all 11 regular season games, for 250 snaps, and the Orange Bowl...Recorded 29 tackles on the season, including 17 special teams tackles, with three "Big Plays" (two TBLs and one INT)...17 special teams tackles ranked first on the squad...Had first career INT vs. Mississippi State...

2000: A redshirt freshman who primarily played a top backup role at middle and weakside linebacker...Played in eight of 12 regular season games (all except Ball State, South Carolina, Florida State and SEC Championship Game vs. Auburn) with three starts (Middle Tennessee, Tennessee and Kentucky) for 239 plays...Also played in the Sugar Bowl...28 tackles (16 solo) with one "Big Play" (forced fumble) ...28 tackles ranked sixth best among linebackers...

1999: Did not see any game action and was redshirted...Worked with the scout team at linebacker...

PREP: Considered one of the nation's elite prep linebackers in '98...Named to prestigious Parade All- America Team...Named to SuperPrep's All- America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top 10 linebackers...Named to PrepStar's All- America Dream Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top two linebacker prospects... Named to National Bluechips All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the country's top four prospects at weakside linebacker...Named Virginia's Player of the Year for Group AAA after rushing for 1,781 yards and 25 touchdowns on offense and registering 80 tackles with 32 for losses (12 QB sacks) in '98...USA Today honorable mention All- America selection...High school coach was Pat Manuel...Also visited North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia...


Career Defensive Stats:
year ut-at tt tbl qbs ff fr pd int
2000 16-12 28 0 0 1 0 0 0
2001 11-18 29 2 0 0 0 0 1
2002 2-7 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 28-23 51 1 0 1 0 0 1
Total 57-60 117 3 0 2 0 0 2

Career Highs:
Total Tackles: 10 (Tennessee, 2000)
QB Sacks: - Forced Fumbles: 1 (twice, last vs. SJSU, 2003)
Interceptions: 1 (twice, last vs. Ole Miss, 2003)
Big Plays: 3 (UL- Monroe, 2001)

PERSONALITY PROFILE

  • Younger brother of James Farrior, former Virginia All-America linebacker and 1997 first-round draft pick by the New York Jets
  • Brother James is his role model because he has seen all the things that he's accomplished and that makes him want to be as successful
  • Collected baseball cards since he was seven years old, including a prized Mickey Mantle card
  • If he didn't play football, he would have played baseball (centerfield)

2003 game-by-game



Games played: 13

                                     |---------TACKLES---------|  |-FUMBLE-|            Pass 

 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds   FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk 

 Aug 30, 2003 SAN JOSE ST............   0    1      1    1.0-1      0  1-0     0-0     0   0 

 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes....   4    1      5    0.0-0      0  0-0     0-0     0   0 

 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M............   0    1      1    0.0-0      0  0-0     0-0     0   0 

 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE..............   4    4      8    0.0-0      0  0-0     0-0     0   1 

 Sep 27, 2003 at Kentucky............   5    1      6    0.0-0      0  0-0     0-0     0   0 

 Oct 04, 2003 OLEMISS................   4    4      8    0.0-0      0  0-0     0-0     0   0 

 Oct 11, 2003 at LSU.................   1    2      3    0.0-0      0  0-0     0-0     0   0 

 Oct 18, 2003 at Arkansas............   3    0      3    1.0-1      0  0-0     0-0     0   0 

 Nov 01, 2003 vs Georgia.............   8    2     10    0.0-0      0  0-0     0-0     0   0 

 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT.............   5    2      7    1.0-1      0  0-0     0-0     0   0 

 Nov 15, 2003 at South Carolina......   3    0      3    0.0-0      0  0-0     0-0     0   0 

 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE..........   3    4      7    1.0-3      0  0-0     0-0     0   0 

 Jan 1, 2004  vs IOWA................   4    2      6    0.0-0      0  0-0     0-0     0   0 

 Totals..............................  44   24     68    4.0-6      0  1-0     0-0     0   1

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT MATT FARRIOR

"He's a lot more vocal now. He's motivating people now. He's really been a leader this summer."
(July 10, 2003) Jemalle Cornelius, UF Wide Receiver

"You can't dwell on the past. You just gotta move forward. I'm always confident. I've gone back to having fun. I'm going to come out and try to play the best I can."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview)

"It's basically running to the ball and making plays. It's a lot easier. I feel a lot more confident."
(August 15, 2003) Matt Farrior, UF Linebacker

"Guss Scott, Matt Farrior and Bobby McCray- they were always on winning teams. They have pressure on them and they have NFL prospects so they know they have to do the best that they can. Guss has always been a worker. Bobby has a lot to prove because people are always knocking him but he's one of the best defensive ends in the nation. Matt's really good but he's just quiet, now he's starting to let it out. Everyone's doing better because those guys are talking us up."
(July 10, 2003) Ciatrick Fason, UF Running Back

"He's one of the few that we have that does have some experience. He's showing some consistency."
(August 15, 2003) Bill Miller, UF Linebackers coach

"Matt Farrior, Mike Nattiel and Byron Hardmon constitute a very capable linebacking trio. And Travis Harris, who has moved from middle to outside backer, further enhances this as a quality group."
(August 5, 2002) Mike Strange, The Sporting News

"Matt was a relative unknown this spring, but he got better every day this spring. He's going to be a good player for us, and he's going to surprise a lot of people this fall."
(Preseason 2002) John Thompson, former Florida Defensive Coordinator

"He can run. He can play in space. We don't ask the middle to do that much, but when he does get thrust in that role, he's quick enough to keep up with those guys. It just adds another dimension to have a middle that runs more like an outside linebacker."
(Preseason 2002) John Thompson, former Florida Defensive Coordinator

 

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