2006 (JUNIOR): Worked with the scout team after moving from wide receiver to defensive back.
2005 (SOPHOMORE): Played in three games (New Mexico State, Marshall, Texas Southern).
2004 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action.
PRIOR TO UTEP: All-League quarterback and team Offensive MVP as a senior at Eastside Christian High School ... responsible for 38 touchdowns (22 passing, 16 rushing) as a senior, and 21 touchdowns (11 passing, 10 rushing) as a junior ... threw for 1,419 yards and rushed for 700 as a senior ... honorable mention All-League QB as a junior ... saw action at quarterback, linebacker, cornerback and safety as a senior ... totaled 89 tackles on defense as a senior, with one interception and two fumble recoveries ... three-year varsity letterwinner ... accounted for nine touchdowns (five passing, four rushing) against Liberty Christian his senior year, his favorite game as a prep ... passed for 265 yards versus Southlands Christian and rushed for 171 yards against Liberty Christian in 2002 ... named Spiritual Leader of the School by the AFCA and was a three-time recipient of a Scholar-Athlete Award ... also lettered in soccer (four times), basketball (twice) and track (once) ... competed in the 100, 200, 400 and long jump in track.
PERSONAL: Parents are Winston Ellis and Ionie Powell ... full name is Matthew Nickalas Ellis ... born 9/15/83 (Jamaica) ... economics major.