Alexander Mattison

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Alexander Mattison
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Mattison rushes for Boise State in 2018
No. 2 – Minnesota Vikings
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1998-06-19) June 19, 1998 (age 24)
San Bernardino, California
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:San Bernardino (San Bernardino, CA)
College:Boise State (2016–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 3 / Pick: 102
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-Team All-MW (2018)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2022
Rushing yards:1,459
Rushing average:4.2
Rushing touchdowns:7
Receiving yards:457
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at · PFR

Alexander Mattison (born June 19, 1998) is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Boise State and was drafted by the Vikings in the third round, 102nd overall of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Mattison attended San Bernardino High School in San Bernardino, California, where he played high school football.[1] He rushed for over 2,000 yards in each of his final two seasons, going for 2,017 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior and 2,057 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior in 2015.[2] Mattison was selected to play in the Inland Valley Football Classic following his senior season. In addition to football, Mattison also ran track and wrestled. As a senior, he won the Mountain Valley League title in the 110 meters hurdles. His personal-bests are 14.95 seconds in the 110m hurdles, 11.34 in the 100 meters, 23.34 in the 200 meters, 22'9" (6.93m) in the long jump and 46'5.5" (14.16m) in the shot put.[3] He also won a league wrestling title at 195 pounds and was named all-league as a junior. He committed to Boise State University to play college football.

College career[edit]

As a true freshman at Boise State in 2016, Mattison appeared in all 13 games and had 328 yards on 67 carries with four touchdowns.[4] As a sophomore he played in all 14 games, rushing for 1,086 yards on 212 carries and 12 touchdowns.[5] As a junior in 2018, he rushed for 1,415 yards on 302 carries with 17 touchdowns in 13 games. He was the Offensive MVP of the 2018 Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game after rushing for 200 yards and a touchdown.[6]

After the season, Mattison entered the 2019 NFL Draft.[7] He cited his reason that "You can only play as long as your body lets you, and at this position, you can't assume it'll last forever." Mattison didn't miss a game in his college career despite needing offseason surgeries on his shoulder and ankle.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 10+58 in
(1.79 m)
221 lb
(100 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
4.60 s 1.57 s 2.67 s 4.29 s 7.13 s 35.0 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 7 in
(3.23 m)
22 reps
All values from NFL Combine except 40-yard dash from Pro day[9]

The Minnesota Vikings selected Mattison in the third round with the 102nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.[10] He made his NFL debut in the 2019 regular season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. He had nine carries for 49 yards in the 28–12 victory.[11] In Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders, Mattison rushed 12 times for 58 yards and his first career rushing touchdown as the Vikings won 34–14.[12] Overall, he finished his rookie season with 462 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[13]

On October 11, 2020, during Sunday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5, Mattison finished with 20 carries for 112 rushing yards as the Vikings lost 26–27. Dalvin Cook was injured in the game, allowing Mattison the rushing opportunities for his first game with at least 100 rushing yards as a professional.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Mattison is a Christian. He has been dating his current girlfriend Andrea Contreras Vazquez since high school. She also attended Boise State University. He is fluent in Spanish.[16]


  1. ^ Marshall, Pete (September 17, 2015). "Alexander Mattison hoping to show you can succeed coming from San Bernardino High". Daily Bulletin. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Southorn, Dave. "Boise State freshman running back Alexander Mattison mature beyond his years". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Alexander Mattison".
  4. ^ Southorn, Dave. "Alexander Mattison poised for starring role in Boise State offense". Twin Falls Times-News. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Wustrow, John. "Mattison continues late push for another 1,000-yard season with big game against Fresno State". Idaho Press. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  6. ^ Wustrow, John. "Mattison's late heroics not enough to lift Boise State again". Idaho Press. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Crippe, Chad. "Boise State's star running back enters NFL Draft, extends recent trend". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  8. ^ Southorn, Dave. "Why go? Boise State's Alexander Mattison explains his decision to leave for NFL". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Alexander Mattison Combine Profile". Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  10. ^ Peters, Craig (April 26, 2019). "Vikings Draft Boise State RB Alexander Mattison in 3rd Round of NFL Draft". Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "Vikings Snap Counts: Rookie Mattison makes most of limited playing time". FOX Sports. September 9, 2019. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  12. ^ "NFL rushing leader Cook leads Vikes romp past Raiders 34–14". Associated Press. September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  13. ^ "Alexander Mattison 2019 Game Log". Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  14. ^ "Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks – October 11th, 2020". Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  15. ^ "Late score drops Vikings in Seattle". Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  16. ^ Young, Lindsey. "5 Things to Know About New Vikings RB Alexander Mattison". Retrieved September 20, 2019.

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