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Matt Mendenhall Athlete Profile

#83 Matt Mendenhall

Position: Defensive End Height: 6-6 Weight: 237 Roster Years: 1975-1979 Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT


  • 1978 AP Honorable Mention


Parents are Paul (real estate broker) and Lenore Mendenhall, his father is a former BYU football player ... majored in political science. 

Before BYU

High School - Mat had three good years at East High in Salt Lake City .. played defensive under Grant Martin (Utah) ... won all-state, All-American recognition. 

1975 | Freshman Year

Outstanding potential .. saw a lit of good action with JV and varsity.

1976 | Medical Redshirt Year

Sustained a head injury. 

1977 | Sophomore Year

Defensive scoring champion with 217 points .. honorable mention all-WAC.

1978 | Junior Year

Had 16 tackles for losses along with 24 hurries and 11 sacks ... had eight tackles, including three for losses against New Mexico ... recovering fumble which led to the game winning field goal at Wyoming ... five tackles and two hurries againstArizona .. seven unassisted tackles, three hurries and two sacks against Utah ... All-WAC ... coaches' choice as defensive lineman-of-the-game against Oregon State and Wyoming ... missed the final two games of the regular season because of a knee injury but returned to play in the Holiday Bowl .. best outing in '78 was against Wyoming when he scored 27 defensive points by way of nine tackles, three of which were for losses and had a fumble recovery.