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Matt Bauman Athlete Profile

#35 Matt Bauman

Matt Bauman
Position: Linebacker Height: 6-1 Weight: 229 Roster Years: 2004 | 2007-2009 Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT Last School: Skyline High School



Academic All-America

  • 2008 CoSida First Team
  • 2009 CoSida Second Team

Personal

  • Son of Tom and Mary Ann Bauman
  • One of five children
  • Brother, Michael, played rugby at BYU
  • Eagle Scout
  • Ranked No. 1 in his graduating class with a 4.0 GPA
  • Served a church mission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Married to Lindsay Watts
  • National Football Foundation scholar-athlete

Before BYU

  • Three-year letterwinner at Skyline HS
  • Helped lead Skyline HS to the state championship final with an 11-3 record as a senior
  • Academic all-state selection
  • Earned all-state honors as a defensive lineman as a senior
  • Also played running back
  • Earned letters in basketball and a letter in soccer
  • Earned all-region, second-team and academic all-state honors in soccer as a senior.

Summary

A two-time ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, MWC Scholar-Athlete and four-time Academic All-MWC honoree, Bauman was a recipient of a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship based on his academic and athletic accomplishments at BYU. He was one of 16 student athletes named a 2009 National Scholar Athlete by the National Football Foundation and was a finalist for the Campbell Trophy (Academic Heisman). A team captain as a senior, the four-year letterman started 29 games and totaled 234 tackles during his BYU career. Playing in his final game as a Cougar, Bauman recovered a fumble against Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl and returning it for a 34-yard touchdown to change the game and become the first Cougar to return a fumble for a score in BYU bowl history.

Stats

YEAR SOLO AST TOTAL TFL/YDS SACKS/YDS INT/YDS PBU QBH FR FF
2004 11 19 30 2.5/10 2.5/10 0/0 0 1 0 0
2007 19 15 34 1.5/12 1.0/11 1/3 3 1 1 0
2008 50 58 108 8.5/25 2.0/11 0/0 1 1 2 1
2009 29 33 62 5.0/10 0/0 0/0 3 0 1 0
TOTAL 109 125 234 17.5/57 5.5/32 1/3 7 3 4 1

            


2004 | Freshman Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a true freshman
  • Started the final four games of the season at outside linebacker
  • Played in all 11 games as a true freshman
  • Credited with 30 tackles on the season, including 11 solo and 19 assisted takedowns
  • Totaled 2.5 sacks on the season

2007 | Sophomore Year

  • Earned 2007 Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors
  • Earned letterman honors
  • Earned the Aaron Francisco Special Teams MVP Award
  • Saw action in all 13 games for the Cougars
  • Credited with 34 tackles on the season, including 19 solos and 15 assisted tackles
  • Totaled a season-high seven tackles in the Cougars' 35-10 win at Wyoming
  • Credited with an 11-yard sack against the Cowboys
  • Credited with a key fumble recovery in the Cougars' one-point victory over UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl
  • Had an interception in the Cougars' victory over Utah

2008 | Junior Year

  • ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American
  • Academic All-MWC
  • Chad Lewis Flag Bearer Award for Integrity recipient
  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Started all 13 games for BYU at inside linebacker
  • Led the Cougars with 108 tackles on the season, including 50 solo takedowns
  • Recorded 8.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry
  • Picked up sacks against Washington and Utah State
  • Forced a fumble in BYU's season opener against Northern Iowa
  • Recovered fumbles at Utah State and against Arizona in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl
  • Recorded a season-high 13 tackles in BYU's win against UNLV

2009 | Senior Year

  • Recipient of a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship based on his academic and athletic accomplishments at BYU
  • One of 16 student athletes named a 2009 National Scholar Athlete by the National Football Foundation and was a finalist for the Campbell Trophy (Academic Heisman)
  • ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American
  • Team captain
  • MWC Scholar-Athlete
  • Academic All-MWC
  • Named to the Lott Trophy Watch List
  • Saw action in all 13 games of the season, starting 12 at inside linebacker
  • Recovered a fumble in the Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon State, returning it for a 34-yard touchdown, marking a first in BYU bowl history
  • Totaled 62 tackles on the season, including 29 solo
  • Recorded five tackles for loss, including a career-high 2.5 in the bowl game