Matt Asiata

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Matt Asiata
No. 44     Minnesota Vikings
Running Back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-07-24) July 24, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth: Salt Lake City, Utah
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: West Valley (UT) Hunter
College: Utah
Undrafted in 2011
Debuted in 2012 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: active
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 175
Rushing average 3.7
Rushing TDs 3
Receptions 6
Receiving yards 15
Receiving TDs 0
Stats at NFL.com

Matt Asiata (born July 24, 1987) is an American football running back who currently plays for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft,[1] He played college football at Utah.[2] Asiata is tied with a number of other players for the Vikings record of most rushing touchdowns in a single game (three).

High school career[edit]

Asiata is a graduate of Hunter High School in West Valley, Utah and was a standout running back for the Wolverines.

In his first year of high school, Asiata and the Wolverines won Hunter High's first Class 5A football championship ever in 2003 over Skyline. He was also a member the state champion basketball team that same year, during which the Hunter soccer and hockey teams would also capture state titles.

College career[edit]

Asiata went on to become an all-conference player at the University of Utah. Asiata finished his career with the Utes with 1,748 total rushing yards and 24 touchdowns.

In his first season at the University of Utah, Asiata broke his leg during the very first game of the season against Oregon State, after gaining only 16 rushing yards.

In 2008, Matt Asiata was Utah's leading rusher, averaging 4.8 yards per rush with and finishing with 12 touchdowns. The Utes went undefeated that year, going 13-0, and went on to face Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The Utes won the game, and created controversy over the fact that the Utes were not in the BCS Championship Bowl that was played between two teams with 1 or more losses each. At the end of the season, Utah was the only remaining undefeated team in the country and was ranked #2 on the AP Final Poll.

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 in 229 lb 4.77 s 1.62 s 2.68 s 4.37 s 7.09 s 30 in 8 ft 8 in 22 reps
All values from 2011 NFL Draft Combine.[3]

Omaha Nighthawks[edit]

After going undrafted, Asiata considered playing in the United Football League for the Omaha Nighthawks though he never took the field.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Asiata signed with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was released from the Vikings during final cuts but was then placed on the practice squad. On September 7, 2011, Asiata was released from the practice squad. He was re–signed on January 5, 2012. At the start of the 2012 season, Asiata earned a roster spot by making the team and was the third running back on the Minnesota Vikings, beating out other running backs Jordan Todman and Lex Hilliard.

In December 2012, Asiata and the Vikings won their final game of the regular season against Green Bay to put them into the Wild Card of the playoffs instead of the Chicago Bears.

On December 15, 2013, Matt Asiata rushed for his first touchdown as a Viking, filling in for the injured running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart. He finished the game with three touchdowns, tying the record for the most rushing touchdowns by a Viking.

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Matt Asiata
  2. ^ "Player Bio: Matt Asiata - The Official Athletic Site of the University of Utah". www.utahutes.cstv.com. University of Utah. 
  3. ^ "Matt Asiata, DS #40 RB, Utah". www.nfldraftscout.com. The Sports Xchange. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 

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