2012 Conference USA Honorable Mention
2012: Named honorable mention All-Conference USA ... starting weakside linebacker in all 12 games ... finished third in Conference USA and 20th nationally with 17 tackles for loss ... was fourth in the league and 12th nationally with 126 tackles ... eighth in Conference USA with six sacks ... had eight games with at least 10 tackles ... also forced two fumbles, broke up five passes and recorded nine quarterback hurries ... had a career-high 16 tackles against East Carolina ... posted career highs with 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks vs. Texas State ... also had sacks against UCLA, UAB, UTEP and Marshall ... broke up a career-high two passes against UAB and Tulane ... forced fumble vs. UTEP and East Carolina.
2011: One of the country's top tacklers as a freshman ... 2011 Conference USA All-Freshman Team and a Freshman All-America pick by College Football News ... Finished second among all C-USA freshmen in total tackles ... Actually led all freshmen with three INTs ... Started all 14 games at linebacker ... Topped the century mark for stops as a true freshman, ranking second on the club with 106 tackles, including 55 solo stops ... Athletic linebacker that ranked second on the team with three interceptions and was third with 10 tackles-for-loss and two forced fumbles ... Topped double figures in tackles twice, including a career-high 16 stops against Louisiana Tech ... Had 12 stops in the win against Rice ... Enjoyed games with back-to-back interceptions vs. East Carolina and Marshall and returned a pick 20 yards for a TD vs. the Thundering Herd ... Added a third INT at Tulsa ... Had nine tackles and a tackle-for-loss against Penn State in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl victory ... Had seven solo tackles at Tulane ... Recorded nine stops and his first career sack against Georgia State.
High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Three-star recruit by Scout.com ... Second-Team All-State by the Associated Press ... Houston Chronicle Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 ... Recorded 155 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a senior ... PrepStar All-Region ... Named to the Houston Chronicle's 2010 All-Greater Houston first team ... Helped North Shore High to the third round of the 2010 playoffs ... Rated the No. 74 linebacker nationally by Rivals.com ... Touchdown Club of Houston Defensive Player of the Year Finalist ... Earned First-Team All-District honors as a sophomore and senior and second-team accolades as a junior ... Helped lead North Shore to 28 wins in three years on varsity ... High school coach was David Aymand ... Also earned two letters in basketball ... Made high school honor roll.
Personal: Full name is Derrick Jama'l Mathews ... Born Sept. 25, 1992 ... Son of Derrick Mathews, Sr., and Sheena Osbey ... majoring in kinesiology.
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