|Hometown:||Powder Springs, Ga.|
AT GEORGIA STATE: Cornerback and return specialist who is one of the Panthers’ fastest players ... Georgia State’s career-leader with 16 pass breakups, along with two interceptions ... Credited with 109 career tackles ... Member of the 2010 recruiting class who earned playing time as a true freshman during the inaugural season.
2013: Starting cornerback who had 47 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one interception, two forced fumbles and a team-leading six pass breakups ... Grabbed his second career interception and forced a fumble in the 2013 season opener vs. Samford, along with five tackles ... Blocked a punt against Troy to set up a touchdown. Also had two pass breakups in the game ... Forced a fumble and broke up a pass against South Alabama ... Season-high eight tackles at No. 1 Alabama.
2012: Finished the season with 21 tackles and one pass breakup ... Tied his career high with nine tackles and a pass breakup at William & Mary ... Missed two games to injury ... Honored as the team’s “Best Performer” on defense following spring practice.
2011: Led the team with nine pass breakups ... Collected 33 tackles with four tackles for loss, including one sack ... Career-high nine tackles, all solo, with two tackles for loss and a pass breakup against St. Francis ... Made six tackles with a tackle for loss and a forced fumble at Jacksonville State ... Also broke up two passes against Houston, South Carolina State and Campbell ... Received the team's Head Coach's Award following spring practice 2011.
Averaged 22.4 yards on seven kickoff returns ... Had a 67-yard kickoff return against Jacksonville State that was the longest of his career and Georgia State's longest of the 2011 season ... Had just one punt return for two yards on the season.
2010: Earned playing time as a true freshman and led the team with eight punt returns and a 9.5-yard average ... Also had three kickoff returns for a 28.0-yard average ... Credited with eight tackles on the season.
Grabbed an interception and returned it 14 yards in win over Morehead State. Also had a season-long 47-yard punt return in that game ... Returned two punts for 37 yards, with a long of 31, in the inaugural game victory over Shorter ... Returned three kickoffs for 84 yards, with a long of 36, against Lambuth ... Made two tackles each against Jacksonville State, Morehead State and Old Dominion ... Missed the North Carolina Central game due to injury.
HIGH SCHOOL: Named Returner of the Year by the Cobb County Touchdown Club ... First-team all-Cobb County by the Marietta Daily Journal ... Played in the GACA North-South All-Star Game in Columbus, Ga., following his senior season ... Recorded 48 tackles and three interceptions as a cornerback as a senior ... Returned five punts for touchdowns and averaged 32 yards per return on kickoff returns ... Team captain for coach Kyle Hockman at McEachern High ... Also runs track and helped McEachern to a share of the Class AAAAA state title as a sophomore, running on a 4x100 relay team that finished fourth in the state ... As a senior placed sixth in the state in 200 meters (22.16), fourth in 4x100 relay and seventh in 4x400 relay ...
PERSONAL: Full name is Demarius Andre Matthews ... First name pronounced duh-MARR-ee-us ... Born March 21, 1992 ... Son of Stephanie Matthews.