Fresno State was light on signature wins, losing to Boise State and Wisconsin and barely squeaking by a doldrum Illini outfit, but Matthews' production remained consistent throughout the year.
He rushed for 100+ yards in every game until Nevada, when he went down with a concussion, and was forced to miss the Bulldogs' narrow victory over Louisiana Tech.
He returned to spark the Fresno offense against Illinois, rushing 32 times for 173 yards and three scores, and breaking off 42- and 27 yarders, one for a touchdown. His explosive effort against Boise State, during which he scored on long runs of 69, 60, and 68 yards kept the Bulldogs in the game.
No defense could contain his burst, and he is second only to Gerhart in yards, with a better per carry average.
Don't let the Fresno brand fool you—Matthews would be a successful runner everywhere, and he'll likely prove that at the professional level after storming the college ranks for an All-American year.