Graduated with a bachelor of arts in history in August 2014.
2012 (Sophomore): Did not see any game action in 2012 due to a back injury.
2011 (Freshman): Started the first three games and played in all 12 ... rushed for 195 yards on 58 attempts with four touchdowns ... caught four passes for 28 yards ... scored team's first TD of the year and ran for 41 yards vs. Ball State ... added two scores with 47 yards on 13 attempts against Virginia ... crossed the goal line once and rushed 16 times for 42 yards in victory over South Carolina State ... named IU offensive player of the week following the Virginia game ... IU special teams player of the week (Ohio State).
2010: Redshirted the 2010 season ... suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Prep/Personal: Running back and linebacker for head coach David Inserra at Maine South High School ... named Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and ESPNChicago.com 2009 Player of the Year ... recognized on PARADE Magazine's All-America team ... MaxPreps second team All-American and North Stars Offensive Football Player of the Year ... finished career with 5,170 all-purpose yards on 431 touches (11.7 average) and 68 scores ... in two varsity seasons, rushed for 3,393 yards and 56 touchdowns ... as a senior, Maine South went 14-0 for second consecutive season, won second straight Class 8A state title and finished the year ranked fifth nationally ... rushed for 316 yards on 27 carries with five TDs in title game ... yardage was a championship game record and five scores set a Class 8A mark ... rated the No. 23 prospect in Illinois by Scout.com ... two-year football and three-year track letterwinner ... appeared in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd (Dec. 21, 2009) ... parents are Dave and Lori Perez ... Matthew David Perez was born on June 29, 1992.
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