2003: Appeared in four games for the Illini ... Punted 15 times for 647 yards for the season ... Had seven kicks for 322 yards at Michigan, including a career-long 58-yarder ... Posted a career-high average of 48.5 vs. Northwestern ... Booted five balls 50+ yards ... Had four punts downed inside the 20 ... Punted three times for 101 yards vs. Missouri.
2002: Opened the season as the starting punter and averaged 37.7 yards on 33 punts ... Saw action in seven games ... Had a season-long 55-yard punt vs. San Jose State ... Averaged a season best 42.0 yards on three punts vs. the Spartans ... Had six kicks downed inside the 20, including two at Minnesota ... Also had 50+ yard punts vs. Michigan and Minnesota ... Career-high nine punts at Minnesota.
2001: Was a member of the UI squad ... Sat out the season after battling a near-fatal virus prior to the start of the season.
2000: Redshirted the 2000 season.
High School: Was All-Conference in baseball and football ... Earned All-Area baseball Player of the Year ... Was a Big 12 scholar-athlete and also an IHSA All-State academic athlete ... Participated in IHSA baseball hitting derby ... Accumulated eight total letters in football, baseball and swimming.
Personal: Full given name is Matthew Mason Minnes ... Born Jan. 22, 1982 in Champaign ... The son of Mason and Connie Minnes ... Father played football for the Illini from 1969-73 as a fullback and offensive lineman ... Graduated in May 2004 with an undergraduate degree in agricultural finance ... Was the Kiwanis student of the year ... Honored as an Army ROTC scholar athlete ... Lists parents as most influential in athletic career.
Career Highs Punts: 9 at Minnesota, 10/3/02 Yardage: 343 at Minnesota, 10/3/02 Average: 48.5 vs. Northwestern, 11/22/03 Long Punt: 58 at Michigan, 10/18/03 Inside 20: 2 at Minnesota, 10/3/02 50+ Yards: 3 at Michigan, 10/18/03