Matt Lopes
    Matt  Lopes

    RS Junior

    Palos Verdes Estates, CA

    High School:
    Palos Verdes

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 195




    Business Administration

    2016: Lopes, a former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship in the fall of 2016, will compete for playing time at safety as a junior in 2016.

    2015: Lopes was a backup walk-on sophomore safety in 2015. Overall in 2015, he saw action in 9 games (all but the last 5) and had 14 tackles, including 1.5 for losses. He had a team-best 7 tackles (1 for a loss) against Arkansas State, 4 tackles (0.5 for a loss) versus Idaho, 1 stop at Arizona State and 2 tackles against Utah. He broke his left foot prior to the Colorado game and was sidelined the rest of 2015.

    2014: Lopes saw action in 5 games (Fresno State, Colorado, Utah, Washington State, Nebraska) in 2014 as a reserve walk-on redshirt freshman safety, including playing the entire second half at Washington State when Su'a Cravens was injured. Overall in 2014, he had 4 tackles (3 at Washington State and 1 versus Fresno State).

    2013: Lopes did not see any action as a reserve walk-on first-year freshman safety in 2013.

    HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2012 Max Preps All-State Division II second team, All-CIF Northern Division Offensive Player of the Year and South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay and All-Bay League Offensive Player of the Year as a senior running back and safety at Palos Verdes High in Palos Verdes Estates (Calif.). He ran for 1,651 yards on 233 carries (7.1 avg.) with 25 TDs in 2012, including gaining 200 yards 4 times and 100 yards 9 times. He also caught 14 passes for 144 yards (10.3 avg.) with 1 TD, had 25 tackles, 3 interceptions, 6 deflections and a forced fumble on defense and returned 6 punts for 105 yards (17.5 avg.) and 4 kickoffs for 104 yards (26.0 avg.) in 2012. Palos Verdes won the 2012 CIF Northern Division title.

    As a 2011 junior, he made All-Bay League first team as he had 36 carries for 256 yards (7.1 avg.) with 2 TDs and caught a 30-yard pass, made 38 tackles, 6 interceptions, 5 deflections and a forced fumble, and returned 5 kickoffs for 116 yards (23.2 avg).He had 62 yards on 15 carries (4.1 avg.) as a 2010 sophomore.

    He also played baseball at Palos Verdes.

    PERSONAL: He is a business administration major at USC. His father, Steve, is a senior associate athletic director and chief operating officer at USC who was a 1983 College Division All-American offensive lineman at Linfield College, which won the NAIA national championship in his 1982 junior season (he also wrestled and played golf at Linfield). His mother, Helaine, was an assistant athletic trainer at USC in the 1980s and 1990s. His uncle, Lance Lopes, also played football at Linfield and recently was a senior associate athletic director at Washington (he previously was senior vice president and general counsel of the Seattle Seahawks and before that held a similar position with the Green Bay Packers).

    2014 (Fr.)... 4 0/0 0 0
    2015 (So.)... 14 1.5/1 0 0
    CAREER 18 1.5/1 0 0