One of the strongest players on the team, recording a bench press high of 400 pounds and a top squat of 505 pounds - best-ever among Cal linebackers.
2007: Played in 10 games, primarily on special teams ... recorded six tackles on the year, including matching his career high with two takedowns against Louisiana Tech ... also added tackles against Colorado State, Oregon, UCLA and Stanford.
2006: Saw action in 11 games on special teams ... recorded five tackles during the season, including two assisted tackles against Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl ... returned two short kickoffs for 38 yards ... longest return of the season was at Oregon State for 21 yards.
High School: A three-year letterwinner, playing at middle linebacker and tight end ... tallied over 100 tackles with five sacks as a senior ... a two-time All-East Bay Athletic League selection ... served as team captain as a senior ... also earned all-metro honors ... helped the Mustangs to the NCS Championship as a sophomore ... also lettered in lacrosse for three years as the school won two NCS Championships.
Personal: Full name is Matthew James Russi ... born Aug. 20, 1986 ... parents are Dan and Carol Russi ... majoring in American studies ... name is pronounced RUSS-ee.