2006 ALL-CONFERENCE USA CANDIDATE
Started 10 games for the Herd at linebacker...Finished second on the team with 97 tackles...Was fourth on team with five TFL...In the Herd's 36-24 season-opening win over William & Mary, Couch returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown...Had nine tackles with a quarterback hurry and a pass break-up to go along with his 70-yard fumble return against W&M on Sept. 1...Added 10 tackles against Kansas State on Sept. 10...Had eight tackles and an interception in the Herd's 23-13 loss at UCF Sept. 24...Had two TFL against SMU...Recorded a career-high 14 tackles in the Herd's 20-19 homecoming win over UAB...Had eight solo stops and a TFL against Tulane Oct. 29...Added nine tackles (eight solo stops), a TFL and two QB hurries in a 27-24 overtime loss to Southern Miss Nov. 8...Tied his season-high with 14 tackles against East Carolina...Twice named team Defensive Player of the Week.
Saw action in all 12 games as a linebacker and special teams player...Recorded 33 total tackles, 12 solo, on the year...Recorded six stops at Georgia and a season-high eight tackles in the win over Buffalo.
Saw action in all 12 games primarily on special teams...Credited with seven tackles (five solo)...Named one of Marshall's most improved defensive players in the spring of 2004.
Played for Coach Dick Ballard at Ross Senior where he also lettered in baseball, track and power lifting...Named first team All-State as a junior and second team All-State as a senior...Selected as the Southwest Ohio Defensive Player of the Year in 2001...Twice named Butler County Defensive Player of the Year and was twice selected as a finalist for the Cincinnati Player of the Year...Twice named first team All-Cincinnati, All-Southwest Ohio, and All-Butler County as well as being named first team All-FAVC three times...Runner-up in the 225-pound division of the 2002 State Power Lifting Championships...The 2003 state champion in the 250-pound division despite being the lightest competitor in the division...Had a three-lift total of 1,400 pounds to claim the title...Also rushed for more than 900 yards as a senior, scoring 13 touchdowns and eight two-point coversions...Recorded 150 tackles, including 15 for loss, during his senior season...Credited with eight forced fumbles, five recovered fumbles, and one interception...During his junior year he had 179 tackles and as a sophomore he had 149 tackles.
Full name is Matthew Michael Couch...Born on Sept. 30, 1984...Son of Dave and Debbie Couch...Both of his parents competed in college athletics at the University of Tennessee-Martin...Has one brother, Marcus...Majoring in sports management and marketing.