2015 Camps
Princeton Football BIO
7 Matt Arends

At Princeton — 2015: earned second-team All-Ivy League honors at linebacker … national semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, the top academic honor in college football … team co-captain … ranked in the Top 15 in the Ivy League in both tackles and tackles for loss … had a career game at Brown with 12 tackles, two tackles for loss, two breakups, one interception, one sack and one blocked kick … followed that game with 11 tackles at Harvard … ended season with 63 tackles despite playing linebacker for the first time in his career … recipient of the Richard Colman Award at the team banquet. 2014: started all 10 games at safety and ranked third among returning players and fourth overall on the team with 56 tackles … had interceptions in back-to-back games against Penn and Yale; also had double-digit tackles in both games … recorded four pass breakups and two tackles for loss … earned Academic All-Ivy League honors. 2013: earned All-Ivy League honorable mention in his first year as a starting safety … helped Princeton win the Ivy League title and own the No. 2 Ivy defense in total defense and rushing defense … ranked third on the team in tackles (61) and second in pass breakups (six) … had season-best 10-tackle efforts in home wins over Lafayette and Cornell … had at least five stops in last seven Princeton games … had multiple pass breakups in road wins at Harvard and Penn … recorded first career interception at Dartmouth … moved from cornerback to safety prior to the season and started all 10 games. 2012: shared the Harland "Pink" Baker '22 Award as the team's top freshman defensive player with Anthony Gaffney … led all Princeton underclassmen with 44 tackles, including 26 solo stops … finished second on the team with five pass break-ups … started final six games at cornerback; played significant minutes in all 10 games … had season-best eight tackles apiece at both Cornell and Yale … made at least four tackles in seven straight games … had at least one pass break-up in five straight games.

At Prior Lake — first-team all-state honoree ... named Minneapolis Star-Tribune Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... first-team Minneapolis Star-Tribune All-Metro pick ... chosen to the Minnesota Vikings all-state team ... first-team academic all-state ... three-time all-conference honoree ... South Suburban Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... played wide receiver and free safety ... led team to section championship and state quarterfinal ... selected to the Minnesota Football Coaches Association senior all-star game ... earned three all-conference honors in baseball ... lead baseball team to two conference titles ... team captain ... member of the Student Athletic Advisory Council ... two-time class president ... three-year student council member ... four-year board scholar.

Personal — born Sept. 15, 1993 ... son of Tim and Rhonda Arends ... father is an attorney; mother is a homemaker ... has a younger sister Kristyn ... enjoys lake activites and debates ... interested in history and nutrition ... may study foreign policy and affairs at Princeton.

Year Tackles (s/a) TFL Sks FF/FR INT BrUp
2012 44 (26/18) 0 0 0/0 0 5
2013 61 (35/26) 2-3 0 0/1 1 6
2014 56 (37/19) 2-4 0 0/0 2 4
2015 63 (40/23) 6-33 1.5/16 3/1 1 3
Totals 224 (138/86) 10-40 1.5/16 3/2 4 18
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
Hometown: Prior Lake, Minn.
High School: Prior Lake