2014 Butkus Award Watch List
2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List
2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List
2014 CFPA Linebacker Trophy Watch List
2014 Dave Campbell's Preseason Best LB in Texas
2014 Dave Campbell's Preseason All-Texas First Team
2014 Phil Steele's Preseason AAC First Team
2014 Athlon Sports Preseason First Team
2013 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 21)
2012 Phil Steele's Postseason C-USA Second Team
2012 Conference USA Honorable Mention
2011 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
2011 Freshman All-America (College Football News)
Houston's second-leading tackler with 116 stops ... eclipsed the century mark for tackles for the third consecutive year ... led all linebackers in The American Athletic Conference and the Houston team with seven sacks ... was second on the team and third among linebackers in The American with 12 tackles for loss ... tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles ... shared the team's Wilson Whitley Defensive MVP honor with Trevon Stewart ... recovered two fumbles in win over Memphis ... had one interception on the year, and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown vs. BYU ... named The American's Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against BYU as he added 12 tackles, four of which were for loss, and three sacks to go along with his interception returned for a TD ... hit double-digit tackles in four games with a season-high of 13 at Temple ... also broke up four passes on the year ... led all non-seniors nationally with his 348 career tackles ... ranks ninth on the Houston career tackles chart ... his 173 career assisted tackles rank seventh in UH history ... his 39 career tackles for loss rank eighth in UH history ... his six career forced fumbles rank sixth in Houston history.
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.
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 ... 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 ... 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.
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.
Full name is Derrick Jama'l Mathews ... Born Sept. 25, 1992 ... Son of Derrick Mathews, Sr., and Sheena Osbey ... majoring in kinesiology.
Derrick Mathews' Career Bests
Tackles: 16, 3x, last vs. UTSA (2014)
Tackles for Loss: 4.5, Texas State (2012)
Sacks: 3, BYU (2013)
Interceptions: 1, 4x, last vs. BYU (2013)
PBU: 2, 3x, last vs. UNLV (2014)
Fumbles Forced: 1, 6x, last vs. UCF (2013)
Fumbles Recovered:2, Memphis (2013)