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    Matt Lopes
    Matt Lopes

    Class:
    RS Freshman

    Hometown:
    Palos Verdes Estates

    High School:
    Palos Verdes

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 185

    Position:
    DB

    Birthdate:
    05/12/1995

    Experience:
    SQ

    2014: Lopes will serve as a reserve walk-on redshirt freshman safety in 2014.

    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. Current Trojan Robby Kolanz also attended Palos Verdes. He also played baseball at Palos Verdes.

    PERSONAL: 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 now is a senior vice president and general counsel of the Seattle Seahawks (he previously held a similar position with the Green Bay Packers).