On Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers reached their 90-men roster limit by adding inside linebacker Derrick Mathews.
As a first-year player out of the University of Houston, Mathews was released from Washington’s practice team on May 2nd after being re-signed on January 14th.
Mathews was named the Houston Chronicle Defensive Player of the year in 2010 and later went on to play four years at the University of Houston.
In his time with the University of Houston, the 6’0”, 232 pound inside linebacker played for four years and was named Freshman All-America by College Football News, Conference USA All-Freshman Team, Conference USA Honorable Mention, American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (October 21, 2012), among other notable awards.
In his freshman season, Mathews started in each game and recorded a career-high sixteen stops against Louisiana Tech. Two seasons later, Mathews was his team’s second-leading tackler (116 stops) and led The American Athletic Conference linebackers with seven sacks. With 348 tackles, Mathews led all non-seniors nationally, ranking him ninth in Houston career tackles. Before entering his senior year as the captain of the Cougars, Mathews played three seasons with 100 or more tackles.
Mathews finished his senior year ranked fifth in UH’s history with 400 career tackles and fifteen separate double-digit tackle games. In the short time he played during his senior season in 2014, Mathews accumulated 52 tackles in six games. Mathews left the season with a torn ACL in his left knee in early October.
Mathews will be joining Packers inside linebackers Jake Ryan, Blake Martinez, Joe Thomas, Carl Bradford, Beniquez Brown, and the injured Sam Barrington and Manoa Pikula.
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