Former St. Joseph High School standout Tyler Matakevich, a senior linebacker from Temple University, has been named by the Walter Camp Football Foundation as its 2015 “Connecticut Player of the Year.”
Awarded annually to the top college football player who is a resident and/or played scholastically in the state of Connecticut, the Connecticut Player of the Year is selected by the membership of the Walter Camp Foundation.
A Stratford native, Matakevich is the first player from Temple to earn the Connecticut Player of the Year award.
“We are pleased to recognize Tyler Matakevich as our Connecticut Player of the Year,” Foundation president Robert Kauffman said. “Tyler has been a consistent defensive force for the Owls and a worthy recipient of this honor.”
The 6-foot, 1-inch, 232-pound Matakevich is a four-year letterwinner for the Owls, who reached the American Athletic Conference title game. Temple (10-3) will face Toledo in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 22 in Boca Raton, Florida.
On Tuesday, Matakevich won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player during a banquet at the Charlotte Touchdown Club in conjunction with the Football Writers Association . He is also a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik award.
Matakevich has led the Owls in tackles in all 13 games this season, the only FBS player to do so, on his way to being named the 2015 AAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Matakevich has totaled 126 tackles (75 solo), including 15 for losses, 4 1/2 quarterback sacks and five interceptions. For his career, Matakevich has totaled 469 tackles and is the NCAA’s active career leader. He is one of seven players in NCAA FBS history to record at least 100 tackles in four consecutive seasons. Matakevich is a three-time First Team All-American Athletic Conference selection.
Matakevich will be recognized at the organization’s national awards banquet on Jan. 16, 2016 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
Walter Camp Connecticut Players of the Year
2015 – Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple
2014 – Tyler Murphy, QB, Boston College
2013 – Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Boston College
2012 – Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
2011 – Silas Redd, RB, Penn State
2010 – John Moffitt, OL, Wisconsin
2009 – Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
2008 – Kory Sheets, RB, Purdue
2007 – Mike McLeod, RB, Yale
2006 – Kory Sheets, RB, Purdue
2005 – John Sullivan, C, Notre Dame
2004 – Anttaj Hawthorne, DT, Wisconsin; Dan Orlovsky, QB, Connecticut
2003 – Dan Orlovsky, QB, Connecticut
2002 – Niko Koutouvides, LB, Purdue
2001 – Dwight Freeney, DE, Syracuse
2000 – Peter Mazza, LB, Yale
1999 – Bobby Myers, DB, Wisconsin
1998 – Carl Bond, RB, Connecticut
1997 – Kyle McIntosh, RB, Syracuse
1996 – Tarek Salah, LB, Wisconsin
1995 – Tarek Salah, LB, Wisconsin
1994 – Jason Miska, LB, Auburn
1993 – Chris Zingo, LB, Cornell
1992 – Curtis Eller, LB, Villanova
1991 – Corey Vincent, DL, Holy Cross
1990 – Rob Thomson, DB, Syracuse
1989 – Terry Wooden, LB, Syracuse
1988 – Glenn Antrum, WR, Connecticut
1987 – Bill Romanowski, LB, Boston College
1986 – Richard Comizio, RB, Pennsylvania
1985 – Tom Patton, DE, Holy Cross
1984 – No recipient
1983 – Steve Young, QB, Brigham Young
1982 – Mike Marshall, DB, Southern Conn.
1981 – Richard Diana, RB, Yale