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Matt Bellini Athlete Profile

#8 Matt Bellini

Position: Running Back Height: 6-0 Weight: 175 Roster Years: 1986-1990 Hometown: San Leando, CA


  • 1988 AP Honorable Mention
  • 1989 The Sporting News Honorable Mention


Parents are Mike and Joy...older brother Mark was an All-America wide receiver at BYU and has played for Indianapolis and Phoenix in the NFL, now with half Italian and half Irish...has a plastic knuckle as a result of a high school car accident...recruited by Washington State, Utah, Hawai'i and Boise State...majoring in sociology.

Before BYU

All-league as a junior running back at San Leandro High...offensive player of the year as a senior...South Counties' Player of the Year...All-Northern California wide receiver...Italian-American Athlete of the Year...All-Bay wide receiver...played linebacker, defensive back, kicker, wingback and wide receiver...had 63 catches for 959 years and 13 TDs...scored 5 TDs in one half of a game...coached by Tom Linda (Humboldt State).

1986 | Redshirt Year


1987 | Freshman Year

Switched from wide receiver to running back during spring drills...injured a knee in season opener against Pittsburgh and was scoped for partial tears...returned to lineup in game four at New Mexico...caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from Sean Covey against San Diego State.

1988 | Sophomore Year

Started 11 games...had his knee scoped in early October but played in the next game against Colorado State...was second team All-WAC...honorable mention All-America by AP...had 12 catches for 175 yards against UTEP...had nine catches for 202 yards and a TD against TCU...netted 74 yards rushing at Hawai'i...rushed for 138 yards and a TD at Air Force...rushed for 79 yards and two TDs at Utah and added a 41-yard TD catch from Ty Detmer...had 78 yards rushing in Freedom Bowl against Colorado...BYU's leading scorer with 11 TDs.

1989 | Junior Year

Recipient of Robbie Bosco Most Courageous Award...finished runner-up in scoring behind kicker, Jason Chaffetz...selected as Italian All-American by Green, Red and White Magazine...second team All-WAC by the coaches and writers...honorable mention All-America by The Sporting News.

1990 | Senior Year

Needs 39 catches to break the school career reception record.