Former walk-on player who has become a reliable reserve on both special teams and at linebacker throughout his four seasons.
2011 Earned C-USA Football All-Academic honors in a vote of the league's SIDs.... Nominated for the Bulsworth Trophy, presented to the top walk-on player by the Springdale (Ark) Rotary Club... Finished the year with a career-high 25 tackles, four better than his previous best of 21 set in 2009... Second on the team with nine special teams tackles (seven of them on kickoffs)... Has 22 tackles in the last seven games... Credited with five stops in reserve work at Baylor... Picked up a pair of tackles in the opener at Texas.
Saw action in all 12 games and picked up at least one tackle in 11 of 12 games... Matched his career-high with six tackles at UTEP.
Credited with a career-best six tackles vs. Navy, including his first career tackle for loss, but was injured late in the game and missed the next five games before returning vs. Houston... Had 18 tackles in his four starts before he was injured... Returned to the field for the Bayou Bucket and was credited with three tackles... Posted four tackles in each of his first three starts (Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Tulsa)... Made his first career start at Oklahoma State... Had seen action in nine career games, mostly on special teams, before earning his first start.
Walk-on moved into a playing role on special teams over the last seven games ... credited with his first two career tackles vs. Army on kickoff coverage.
Rochester (MI) High School
2007 graduate of Rochester (MI) High School ... two-way starter for coach Drew Kisabeth ... earned all-conference honors and was named team MVP ... played center and linebacker as a junior and fullback and linebacker as a senior ... finished his career with 192 tackles, six fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles, four sacks and one interception while also rushing for five touchdowns ... also lettered three times in wrestling, posting a 29-8 record as a senior, and four years in tennis ... valedictorian of his class, graduating with a 3.97 (4.0 scale) GPA ... parents moved to Houston at the end of his senior year, which led him to enroll at Rice and walk on to the football program.
Full Name: Matthew Allen Nordstrom ... Born: December 27, 1988 at Winfield, Ill. ... Parents: Lloyd and Leslie Nordstrom (one brother, two sisters, Spring ...)... Brother (Brian) is a freshman walkon with the Owls Rice major: Mechanical Engineering