An intelligent player who is in his fifth season as walk-on with Bears ... saw his most extensive action last season and hopes to be a bigger contributor this year . made the switch from tackle to guard in the spring, where coaches believe he has found a home . 2003 . played in seven games as a reserve during the fall . 2002 . played in the first three games of the year vs. Baylor, New Mexico State and Michigan . a knee injury suffered during the season kept him out of practice during the spring of '03, but he returned for fall camp.
Earned all-state and all-region honors for Arizona in high school ... helped his team to the state semifinals his senior year ... gained a place on the fourth team all-decade squad for the state of Arizona ... also played tennis for two seasons ... in track, threw the shot put and discus and earned team MVP honors ... enjoys backpacking and riding his bike in his spare time ... voted second team Pac-10 All-Academic in 2003 . mother is Suzanne Mathia ... born Dec. 31, 1981 in Fairfield, CA . molecular and cell biology major.