15 Matt Ernest  
    Matt Ernest

    Crown Point, Ind.

    High School:
    Crown Point

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 189



    2010 (Junior): Moved to cornerback from wide receiver during spring practice ... joined the baseball team as a pitcher in the spring and participated in both sports ... appeared in six games and threw 12 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and a 4.97 ERA ... started nine games at cornerback and played in all 12 games ... made 29 tackles, 23 solo, with one interception (returned 56 yards for a score), three pass breakups, a half-sack and 1.5 tackles for loss ... in debut at cornerback, picked off first career pass and scored in season-opening win over Towson ... marked first INT touchdown return by a Hoosier since Christopher Phillips ran one back 58 yards on Nov. 3, 2007, against Ball State ... posted a career-high seven tackles, five solo, with one pass breakup vs. No. 15 Iowa ... collected six stops, five solo, and added a pair of pass breakups vs. Northwestern ... tallied three tackles apiece in wins over Akron and Arkansas State and at No. 2 Ohio State ... recorded a half-sack in victory at Western Kentucky and a TFL at Illinois ... voted Iowa game captain.

    2009 (Sophomore): Finished the season with seven receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown ... appeared in all 12 games ... caught first career TD and closed with two catches for 11 yards vs. No. 9 Ohio State ... hauled in 21-yard receptions at Northwestern and vs. No. 24 Wisconsin ... pulled in two balls for 10 yards at No. 19 Penn State ... also a four-time IU special teams player of the week and a member of the team's One-Play Warrior Club (special teams players of the year).

    2008 (Freshman): Appeared in five games and made his collegiate debut against Western Kentucky ... finished the season with three catches for 18 yards ... hauled in first reception and ended the Murray State game with two catches for 12 yards ... made one catch for six yards vs. Ball State ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

    2007: Redshirted the 2007 season ... named scout team player of the week following the Iowa game.

    Prep/Personal: Wide receiver for head coach Chip Pettit at Crown Point High School ... 2006 Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year finished the season with 56 receptions for 960 yards to go along with nine touchdowns and a 17.1 average per reception ... closed out his career with 121 catches, 2,345 yards, 17 touchdowns and 19.4 yards per catch ... a member of the Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50, an all-conference pick and a first team all-area selection as a senior ... led team to an undefeated regular season, Duneland Conference Championship and a sectional title in 2006 ... also played safety, where he recorded 52 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass breakups in 2006 and 84 tackles, 10 interceptions and 14 pass breakups for his career ... ranked as the top wide receiver and the ninth-best prospect in the state of Indiana by and ... collected three letters in football, four in baseball and two in basketball ... parents are Richard and Pam Ernest ... born on Oct. 18, 1988, Matthew A. Ernest is a recreational sport management major.

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