On Fernandez: Made great strides at wide receiver in spring football ... Showed coaching staff he could be a factor in the future ... Good ball-catching skills and foot speed.
As a freshman in 2006: Scout team wide receiver, who redshirted.
Before UMass: Spent a post-graduate season at Phillips Academy in Andover after graduating from Bourne High School ... Was a Boston Globe Class A NEPSAC All-Star after his year in Andover ... At Bourne piled up more than 4,000 rushing yards and 61 touchdowns playing for Coach Barry Wood ... Boston Globe First Team All-Scholastic as a senior ... Led Division 2A in scoring with 148 points ... On defense made more than 200 career tackles, had nine interceptions, and six defensive touchdowns ... Averaged 11 yards per carry in leading the Canalmen to the Division 2A playoffs, where he tallied Bourne's only score in a 17-7 loss to Bishop Feehan ... A member of the basketball team and a three-year captain of the track team
Personal:Matthew W. Fernandez ... Born Sept. 4, 1987 in Falmouth, Mass. ... Son of Wayne and Kristine Fernandez ... Majoring in Building Materials & Wood Technology.
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