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Temple’s Tyler Matakevich Named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week
- Updated: November 3, 2015
NEWPORT BEACH, Ca. – Temple Linebacker Tyler Matakevich has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week.
The 6-1, 235-pound senior from Stratford, Connecticut was all over the field last Saturday night in a loss to Notre Dame, 24-20. Matakevich had 13 tackles (one for a loss) and an interception. He is the only player in the nation to lead his team in tackles every game this season. His 433 career tackles are the most by any active player in the country.
In recognition of Matakevich’s performance, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, sponsors of the Lott IMPACT Trophy, will make a $1,000 donation to the general scholarship fund at Temple.
Matakevich is a quarter-finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and a semi-finalist for the Bednarik Award.
“I need to be a physical leader out there,” he said in a recent interview. “You have to be the quarterback on defense, communicating with the secondary, making sure everyone is one the same page. You have to be physical up front. If you’re soft, the offensive line will expose you. You have to get off blocks and make plays.”
Matakevich has twice been on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll during his career at Temple.
Other notable performances by players on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List were:
Joe Bolden, LB, Sr., Michigan – Led Wolverines with 9 tackles in win over Minnesota, 29-26.
Jeremy Cash, S. Sr., Duke – Had 12 tackles in loss to Miami, 30-27,
Myles Garrett, DE, So., Texas A&M – Forced a fumble, had a sack, 2 tackles for loss and 7 tackles in win over South Carolina, 35-28.
Jordan Lomax, S, Sr., Iowa – Had an interception, forced a fumble, broke up a pass and had 5 tackles in win over Maryland, 31-15.
Blake Martinez, LB, Sr., Stanford – Led team with 11 tackles with one for a loss in win over Washington State, 30-28.
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Jr., Oklahoma State – Recorded 2 tackles for losses, one sack, a quarterback hurry and 7 tackles in win over Texas Tech, 70-53.
Jaylon Smith, LB, Jr., Notre Dame – Led Irish with 10 tackles in win over Temple, 24-20.
2015 Winners of the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week
Week 9 – Tyler Matakevich, Temple