Matt LoVecchio

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Matt LoVecchio
Date of birth: (1982-02-02) February 2, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
College: University of Notre Dame
Indiana University
Organizations
As player:
2005 New York Giants (NFL)

Matthew Lawrence LoVecchio (born February 2, 1982) was a starting quarterback for the University of Notre Dame football team in 2000-01, and for Indiana University in 2003-04.

Early years[edit]

LoVecchio grew up in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.[2] He attended Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey, where he earned four letters as a football quarterback, throwing for 3,400 passing yards and 48 touchdowns, and was named an Honorable Mention pick on USA Today''s All-American Prep Team.[3]

College[edit]

As a freshman at the University of Notre Dame in 2000, LoVecchio assumed the starting quarterback role following an injury to Arnaz Battle and two starts by interim QB Gary Godsey, a converted tight-end. He won his first seven games as a starter, during which the team averaged over 400 yards of total offense and 36 points per game. His stats for the season included 1,118 passing yards, eleven touchdowns and only one interception out of 158 attempts. The team was rewarded with a berth in the Fiesta Bowl against Oregon State.

However, the Beavers dominated the Irish in a 41-9 victory. The following year, LoVecchio struggled, losing his first two games and eventually yielding the starting job to Carlyle Holiday. Head coach Bob Davie was fired at the end of the 2001 season, and when new head coach Tyrone Willingham did not name LoVecchio as the starter in the spring of 2002, the quarterback decided to transfer to Indiana University.

After sitting out the 2002 season per NCAA regulations, LoVecchio started eleven games for the Hoosiers in 2003, completing 155 of 291 passes for 1,778 yards and three touchdowns, including an eight-yard touchdown run in the final seconds of a 17-14 win at Illinois. In 2004, he completed 153 of 271 passes for 1,951 yards and thirteen touchdowns.

LoVecchio was not drafted by any NFL franchise. He signed on with the New York Giants during training camp in 2005, but failed to make the final roster.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matt LoVecchio, Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football. Accessed February 16, 2011. "born 2-2-82 in Englewood, N.J."
  2. ^ "PLUS: COLLEGE FOOTBALL; LoVecchio Leaves Notre Dame", The New York Times, May 23, 2002. Accessed February 16, 2011. "It's just a personal decision, that's all I'm going to say right now, LoVecchio said by telephone yesterday from his home in Franklin Lakes, N.J."
  3. ^ Popper, Steve. " HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL; Even Struggling, Bergen Catholic Wins Easily", The New York Times, September 19, 1999. Accessed January 1, 2008.