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Matt Reynolds

School

BYU

Position
Offensive Tackle
Major
Family Life Sciences

Classroom

Reynolds maintains a 3.27 GPA and is on pace to graduate in December with a degree in Family Life Sciences. He is a three-time academic all-conference honoree. Recently, Reynolds won the Sloan Speech Showcase, an event that highlights the best speakers from several public-speaking classes on campus. Aside from football, Reynolds wants be an entrepreneur and one day create his own business.

Character

As a team captain for the second year, Reynolds is an example of leadership and character in all aspects of his life. His quiet, lead-by-example style has earned him the respect of his teammates and coaches. His two older brothers have played for the Cougars and spent time in the NFL, while his younger brother is a current teammate. His father, Lance, currently serves as BYU’s assistant head coach and tight ends coach and has been a part of the program for more than 30 years. Reynolds is married and is raising a daughter.

Community

Reynolds served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Munich, Germany. During his mission, Reynolds was able to assist people in Germany with various service projects while helping spread his message of faith. Upon his return home, Reynolds has helped in the local community by speaking and participating in firesides, which are hour-long devotionals the night prior to select games, helping those attending strengthen or gain knowledge of our purpose on earth and other spiritual-related topics. He has also spoken at schools and other community events and participated in the Buff don’t Puff program for kids to be tobacco free. He also helps in the team’s weekly Thursday’s Heroes program, inviting families and individuals with special needs to practice to be honored and recognized for their faith, courage and strength.

Competition

Entering the 2011 season, Reynolds has been named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists and is an All-America candidate. He enters the season as one of the nation’s top NFL offensive line prospects and is ranked at No. 24 in Rivals.com’s list of the top 100 college football players. His junior season, Reynolds a first-team All-MWC honoree after helping BYU rank No. 42 in the nation in rushing yards per game at 168.1, including an average of 198.5 yards in conference games. Reynolds was also part of an offensive line that allowed zero sacks in four games and two or fewer in 11 games in 2010. He has started every game of his career (39) at left tackle. During his freshman year he helped the Cougars rank sixth nationally in passing (310.4 yards per game) and as a sophomore he contributed to a nation-leading third-down conversion percentage of 55.6 percent.