Matt Elam - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 69


  • height 6-7
  • Weight 360
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Elizabethtown, Ky.
  • High school John Hardin

2016 – Junior

  • Played in 11 games with five starts
  • Posted a season-high four tackles vs. Southern Miss in the opener
  • Did not dress vs. Vanderbilt with injury

2015 – Sophomore

  • Played in all 12 games and made four starts
  • Finished with 23 tackles, including half a tackle for a loss
  • Had six tackles vs. Auburn and UL Lafayette

2014 – Freshman

  • Played in all 12 games
  • Totaled 10 tackles 
  • Top performance came in the win over ULM
  • Had a season-high three stops vs. the Warhawks and also deflected a pass which landed in the hands of Josh Forrest, who returned the interception 29 yards for the go-ahead touchdown

High School

  • A five-star recruit by and four-star prospect by Scout and ESPN 
  • Rivals ranked him the No. 2 prospect in Kentucky
  • ranked him the No. 13 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 164 prospect in the nation
  • Scout rated him the 11th-best defensive tackle prospect in the nation
  • Named a MaxPreps 2013 Medium Schools All-American
  • Named second-team All-USA by USA Today
  • Won the Paul Hornung Award as the Kentucky Player of the Year as a senior, totaling 85 tackles and four quarterback sacks
  • First-team all-state by The Associated Press and the Louisville Courier-Journal
  • Selected to the “Class of the Commonwealth” team by the Lexington Herald-Leader 
  • Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
  • Had 65 tackles as a sophomore with 19 tackles for loss, four sacks and three fumbles forced
  • Helped lead his high school to the semifinals of the 5A state playoffs his sophomore, junior and senior seasons
  • Was named first-team all-state by the Associated Press as a sophomore
  • Four-year letterman who played every position in the offensive and defensive lines at some point during his career
  • Coached by Chad Lewis
  • Picked Kentucky over Alabama and Notre Dame, also considered Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State and Tennessee


  • Born in Elizabethtown, Ky.
  • Son of Mamie Reed
  • Major is communications

Community Cats

  • Stayed after practice to spend time with the Special Olympics (2015)

Matt Says

  • His nickname is “Big Daddy”
  • His sports heroes are LeBron James and Peyton Manning because they are the best in their respective sports
  • When he’s not playing football he likes to hang with his friends or go fishing
  • His favorite part of game day is walking out of the tunnel before kickoff
  • If could trade places with someone for a day he would choose Floyd Mayweather
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