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#28 Rodkem Matthews
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 190
Year: Junior
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
High School: North H.S.
Major: Psychology
Experience: 1 Letter
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Rodkem (first name is pronounced rod-KEEM) switched from cornerback to safety during the spring to help bolster the Jackrabbit secondary

Competed in all 11 of the team's games ... registered season-high three tackles in game at North Dakota State ... credited with pair of tackles in season opener at Delaware ... also made stops versus Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Youngstown State and North Dakota

Saw action in all 12 games, starting the final five games of the season ... recorded career-high four tackles in game at Youngstown State, adding a pass breakup ... matched career high with four tackles, with one for loss, at Minnesota ... tallied three tackles with a pass breakup in Hobo Day victory over nationally ranked Northern Iowa ... of his 16 total tackles, 13 were solo stops

Played in four games, recording one tackle in each contest ... assisted on tackle in collegiate debut at Iowa State in season opener ... played in three consecutive games late in season at Indiana State and home games versus Missouri State and Illinois State ... recorded tackle for loss of four yards at Indiana State

Received recognition as Scout Special Teams Player of the Week prior to Cal Poly game during redshirt season

Excelled on the offensive side of the ball in high school, earning all-conference honors as a quarterback in both 2005 and 2006 ... also lettered in basketball and track and field at North Kansas City High School, where he qualified for the state track meet in the 300-meter hurdles and 4x100-meter relay