2005 (SENIOR): Veteran receiver who has recovered from an injury to work his way back into the rotation ... ranks sixth in Notre Dame history for average yards per reception in a career (18.9 ypc) ... has averaged 40.6 yards per touchdown catch in his career (seven for 284 yards) ... has played in all 11 games this season, starting twice (BYU and Syracuse) ... has 23 catches for 277 yards (12-yard average) this season ... made two catches for 31 yards against Stanford, including a 25-yarder on a key third down play in the fourth quarter ... caught three passes for 62 yards (20.7-yard average) in the win over Syracuse, including a 32-yard catch ... had one reception for six yards in the win over Navy ... made one catch for six yards versus Tennessee ... started against BYU as the Irish opened in a five-receiver set ... made one catch for eight yards against the Cougars ... made one catch for five yards against USC ... had a career-best seven receptions for 68 yards against Purdue ... had six catches for 87 yards (14.5-yard average) against Michigan State, including a 33-yard reception ... had one reception for four yards against Michigan ... has logged 102:05 of playing time with five special teams appearances.
2004 (SENIOR): Played in all 12 games, starting three contests (Washington, Purdue and USC) ... set the single-season mark for yards per catch, averaging 25.75 yards per reception ... made 20 catches for 515 yards and a team-high six touchdown receptions ... returned from a knee injury to catch his 20th pass of the season, to qualify for the season-best record, against Oregon State in the Insight Bowl ... was the team's most valuable deep threat ... finished second on the team with 515 receiving yards ... had the second-most touchdowns on the squad ... caught a 46-yard touchdown pass in the Michigan game, Notre Dame's first score on the way to a 28-20 upset of the seventh-ranked Wolverines ... had three receptions for a team-high 123 yards versus Michigan State ... hauled in a 53-yard touchdown pass against the Spartans ... in his first collegiate start, he caught two touchdown passes versus Washington ... one went for 27 yards and the other was a 24-yarder ... caught four total passes for 74 yards against the Huskies ... had three receptions for 61 yards versus Purdue ... grabbed two passes for a team-high 40 yards in the Navy game ... longest catch against the Midshipmen went for 30 yards ... grabbed a 33-yard touchdown pass against Boston College ... hauled in three passes for a career-high 128 yards against Pittsburgh, including a 36-yard touchdown and a 46-yard reception ... had two catches for 13 yards in the USC game ... made 48 special teams appearances and logged 159:51 of playing time at receiver.
2003 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams ... made appearances at receiver in eight games ... caught three passes for 80 yards and a touchdown ... also returned 11 kickoffs for 174 yards (15.8 avg.) and made one tackle on special teams ... made a nine-yard catch against Purdue ... made his first kickoff return of the season against Pittsburgh, a 17-yard runback ... returned two kickoffs for 26 yards versus Florida State ... ran back two kickoffs for 26 yards versus Navy, including a return of 22 yards ... returned one kickoff for a career-long 23 yards versus Brigham Young ... made his first career touchdown catch against Stanford on a career-long reception of 65 yards ... also returned three kickoffs for 51 yards versus the Cardinal ... returned two kickoffs for 31 yards against Syracuse ... logged 21:15 of playing time and made 86 total special teams appearances.
2002 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 10 games as a reserve wide receiver and on special teams ... made one catch for 18 yards and returned one kickoff for 12 yards ... credited with one tackle (an assist) on special teams ... made first career appearance versus Maryland ... posted first career kickoff return (12 yards) versus Michigan ... pulled in first career reception versus Rutgers, an 18-yard catch from Pat Dillingham ... also played in the 2003 Gator Bowl against North Carolina State ... played 10:47 and made 51 special teams appearances.
2001 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a rookie wide receiver ... competed as a member of the Notre Dame track and field team during the 2002 indoor season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Collierville (Tenn.) High School ... rushed 39 times for 258 yards and two touchdowns as a senior despite a knee injury that cut his season in half ... also made 15 tackles and recovered two fumbles in 2000 ... finished with 1,212 all-purpose yards as a junior in 1999, serving as a receiver and running back ... caught 17 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns in 1999 and rushed for another 325 yards on 62 carries with four touchdowns as a wingback ... averaged 39 yards on 15 kickoff returns with three touchdowns in 1999 ... blocked six kicks and returned one for a touchdown ... made 61 tackles and four interceptions as a junior ... scored 14 total touchdowns overall as a junior, scoring five different ways (rushing, receiving, kickoff return, interception return and blocked kick return) ... honorable mention all-state pick as a junior ... had 297 all-purpose yards in the 1999 game versus Whitehaven, including 72 receiving, 42 rushing and a 90-yard kickoff return for a score, plus eight tackles and a forced fumble ... blocked three kicks as a sophomore in 1998 ... won two letters in track as a sprinter ... played baseball and was a standout baserunner ... attended Notre Dame football camp in summer of 2000 ... full name is Matthew Louis Shelton ... youngest of three children ... born April 1, 1982, in Memphis, Tenn. ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a marketing major in May of 2005 ... currently enrolled in graduate studies at Notre Dame.
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