Matt Nixon
Matt Nixon

Player Profile

Phoenix, AZ

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 220




Two-year starter who has bagged 102 tackles over his past couple of seasons ... an intelligent player who rarely makes assignment errors and always seems to be around the football ... plays the weakside linebacker position ... plays the gaps well and had a good understanding of the defense, showing quite a bit of improvement during the spring ... undersized but relentless, he's lassoed ball-carriers for 22 tackles for losses of 63 yards over past two years ... has handled Cal's long snapper duties on punts and has been a solid special teams player throughout his career ... 2001 ... was team's fourth-leading tackler with 53 stops and owned the third-best figure for tackles for loss with seven for 11 yards ... also pocketed second-most fumble recoveries on the team with two ... reeled off a scintillating effort in the Big Game, posting 10 tackles (including three for losses of six yards), one fumble recovery and one blocked field goal ... also tallied eight tackles at Washington State ... made four tackles or more in seven of 11 contests ... 2000 ... had 15 tackles for loss on the year, a figure that tied for eighth in the Pac-10 ... had five tackles, including an eight-yard sack, in his starting debut vs. Utah ... led Cal with eight tackles vs. UCLA, including three for loss ... also had three tackles for loss (7 total tackles) at USC and another two TFL, with a 13-yard sack, at Oregon ... had at least one tackle for loss in 9 of 11 games ... recovered a fumbled punt vs. Oregon State that led to a Cal field goal ... 1999 ... played in all 11 games on special teams ... credited with one assisted tackle ... 1998 ... came to Cal in 1998 and redshirted.

High School/Personal: Earned all-state honors (4A division) as a senior at both linebacker and tight end at Sunnyslope HS in Arizona ... also was a first team all-region pick as a tight end after his sophomore and junior years ... finished '97 with 131 tackles ... added 3.5 sacks, blocked two punts and had two interceptions, both of which he returned for TDs ... as a tight end in a wing-T offense, had 50 catches for 606 yards and two TDs ... also rushed for 309 yards on just 17 carries (18.2 ypr) ... had 66 catches for 964 yards and nine TDs as a junior ... turned down offers from Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Nevada to sign with Cal ... batted .370 in baseball for Sunnyslope HS ... parents are Jim and Debbie Nixon ... father played football and baseball at the University of South Dakota ... civil engineering major ... born Dec. 23, 1979 in Phoenix, AZ.

Nixon's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int FR 1999 0 1 1 0-0 0.0 0 0 2000 29 20 49 15-52 4.5-36 0 1 2001 32 21 53 7-11 0-0 0 2 Totals 61 42 103 22-63 4.5-36 0 3