85 Matt Simon
Career totals include 1,660 receiving yards on 96 catches for an average of 17.3 yards per catch. Caught passes in 20 straight games from 2006-2008, beginning with the last five games of 2006, through every game of 2007 and continuing through the 2008 Indiana State contest. Totaled five 100-yard receiving days during his career.
2008: Ranked second on the team with 24 catches for 377 yards as a senior. Averaged 15.7 yads per catch, second-highest on the squad, and caught a pair of touchdown passes. Compiled 17 of his 24 catches in the final five games of the year, beginning at Ball State with a pair of receptions for 32 yards, including a 25-yard grab. Tied his season-high with six receptions - for 44 yards - in the bowl game versus Louisiana Tech. Established the team season-high with six catches, for 131 receiving yards, versus Central Michigan and was named the Huskies' offensive skill player of the week. Grabbed a 17-yard touchdown pass at Kent State, one of two catches (for 30 yards) on the day. Made three catches for 42 yards vs. Indiana State, including a 19-yard touchdown grab. Had a season-long 45-yard catch on the first play of the Western Michigan game and caught three passes for 49 yards at Minnesota. Missed the Eastern Michigan game and was limited through the next several contests due to a foot injury. One of just 22 players nationwide selected to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his leadership and commitment to community service. Led his Warrior Elite team to the championship. Member of Coach Jerry Kill's Leadership Council. Underwent shoulder surgery following the 2007 season and did not participate in 2008 spring drills.
2007: Recorded the sixth-highest single-season yardage total in NIU history with 969 receiving yards, narrowly missing the 1,000-yard threshold. Named to the All-MAC second team by Phil Steele Magazine and was an Academic All-MAC selection. Ranked sixth in the conference and 32nd nationally with 80.75 receiving yards per game. Led NIU in receptions (52) and receiving yards (969) and ranked second in all-purpose yards per game (92.7). Topped the 100-yard receiving mark four times and caught a pass in every game during the season. Hauled in the seventh-longest NCAA FBS pass of the year, 92 yards, from Dan Nicholson at Central Michigan (9-29). Accounted for 40 percent of the Huskies' season passing yardage. On the receiving end of the five longest pass plays of the season, with two 59-yard catches (versus Idaho, Western Michigan), a 50-yard catch and run (Kent State), and a 46-yard effort at Navy to go with the 92-yarder. Broke the school record (previously held by NFL-er Justin McCareins) for most receiving yards by a junior. Started 11 of 12 games played, and made four or more grabs in eight contests. Hauled in nine passes for 205 yards to notch the sixth 200-yard receiving game in school history at Central Michigan (9-29). His 92-yard score in that game was the fourth-longest in school history. Totaled a season-high 216 all-purpose yards in that contest. Caught five passes for 50 yards and returned one kickoff for 20 yards vs. Eastern Michigan (9-15). Recorded his first 100-yard receiving game with 115 yards on just four catches versus Idaho (9-22). Scored on a 59-yard catch and blocked a punt that was recovered for a touchdown versus the Vandals. Totaled 1,112 all-purpose yards on the year, with four kickoff returns for 42 yards and eight punt returns for 84 yards. His 18.6 yards per catch average led the team by more than six yards. His five touchdowns ranked second on the team and gave him six for his career. Topped the 100-yard mark with six catches for 160 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Marcus Perez, vs. Western Michigan (10-13). Totaled four receptions for 86 yards with a 38-yard catch at Wisconsin (10-20). Caught four passes for 96 yards, with a long of 50 yards, and added a 19-yard punt return and one rush for 12 yards vs. Kent State (11-10). Also attempted a pass in that game. Hauled in a pair of touchdown passes of 46 and 24 yards while racking up 100 yards receiving on five catches at Navy (11-17). Made seven catches for 86 yards vs. Ball State (11-24). Five of his eight punt returns came in the last three games of the season.
2006: Saw action in all 13 games, making four starts, including the bowl game. Team's third-leading receiver among wideouts with 20 catches for 314 yards and one touchdown. Averaged 15.7 yards per catch, best among regulars. Returned two punts for 41 yards, including a 40-yarder. Had first collegiate reception as part of two-catch, 32-yard game vs. Ohio (9-9). Caught one pass for 11 yards vs. Buffalo (9-16). Had reception vs. Indiana State (9-23) and at Ball State (9-30). Made first collegiate start and hauled in two passes for 44 yards at Miami (10-8). Racked up 85 receiving yards on five catches, including a 37-yarder for his first touchdown, in start vs. Temple (10-21). Had one catch in reserve role at Iowa (10-28) and vs. Toledo (11-7). Made four receptions for 39 yards and had 40-yard punt return in start vs. Central Michigan (11-17). Caught one pass at Eastern Michigan (11-24). Caught 62-yard strike vs. TCU in Poinsettia Bowl (12-19).
2005: Missed season due to injury and redshirted.
2004: Played in eight games and saw time on both offense and defense. One of three true freshmen to letter. Credited with two tackles on the season. Made collegiate debut in 36-play effort vs. Maryland (9-4). Recorded tackle at Western Michigan (10-23). Had tackle at Eastern Michigan (11-20).
High School: Named first team all-state on gridiron and first team Academic All-State in classroom as senior. Selected team captain and MVP, first team St. Paul Pioneer Press All-Area and All-State, first team Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro and first team Minnesota Football Coaches Association All-State, and first team All-Missota Conference, during senior season. Caught 52 passes for 1,000 yards (19.3 avg.) and 13 TDs and rushed six times for 108 yards, including an 89-yard carry, as wide receiver. Notched 55 tackles, eight deflections, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one interception as strong safety for 11-2 league champion and Class 4A semifinalist during final prep season. First team All-Conference with 13 receptions for 313 yards (24.1 avg.) with six TDs, including an 81-yard catch, on 9-1 playoff qualifier as junior. Earned three letters in football while adding four in basketball and two in baseball. All-conference basketball selection as guard. Was a pitcher on the baseball team. National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Dec. 4, 1985 in Edina, Minn. Management major. Made 3.0 cumulative GPA list following 2008 Spring semester. Earned his bachelor's degree in management in May and has begun work on his master's. Son of Sue Simon. Fan of Randy Moss.
SIMON'S CAREER STATISTICS
SIMON'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Catches: 9, at Central Michigan, 9-29-07
Yards: 205, at Central Michigan, 9-29-07
Touchdowns: 2, at Navy, 11-17-07
Long Gain: 92, at Central Michigan, 9-29-07
Long Punt Return: 40, vs. Central Michigan, 11-17-06