On Deese: Second-year player competing for playing time at fullback ... missed time last season due to injury (concussion) ... drew praise from the coaching staff for his blocking in the fall ... could see playing time this season, giving the team three strong blocking fullbacks ... just missed becoming an Iron Terp in the spring, posting a 340-pound bench and 565-pound squat.
2004 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
High School: A three-year letterwinner and starter at Northeast Guilford High School in McLeansville, N.C. ... primarily played fullback but also saw significant time at defensive end and nose tackle in his three years ... started on both sides of the ball as a junior and senior ... team captain who was his team's primary ball-carrier as a senior, rushing for 1,692 yards and 23 touchdowns on 245 carries (6.9 avg.) ... also had seven receptions for 57 yards while notching 83 tackles from his defensive end position ... ran for 992 yards and almost nine yards per carry after missing four games with an ankle sprain as a junior ... earned all-area, all-county and All-Piedmont Triad Conference honors as a senior ... was all-county as a junior ... earned a spot in the Shrine Bowl ... a honorable mention selection by PrepStar magazine ... has been timed as low as 4.6 in the 40-yard dash ... also recorded a 330-pound bench press and 515-pound squat as a prep ... team appeared in the North Carolina 3A finals his senior season ... lettered three years in track & field (threw the shot, discus and ran the 100 meters) ... also recruited by South Carolina and Clemson ... high school coach was Tom Pursley.
Personal: Matt Deese was born September 23, 1985 ... son of Prince and Beverly Deese ... played on traveling soccer teams until the 10th grade ... a criminology and criminal justice major.