59 Matt Nechak
>> At Navy: Enters the fall battling Jordan Stepehns for the starting job at right defensive end ... missed spring practice due to knee surgery, but is expected to be ready for the start of camp in the fall ... coming off a fantastic junior campaign ... was one of Navy's most improved players last year ... plays with a great deal of passion and intensity ... one of Navy's top pass rushers ... moved to the defensive line from outside linebacker in the fall of `07 ... has earned two varsity letters.
>> 2008: A starter at defensive end in each of the 12 games in which he competed ... recorded 39 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for a loss of 40 yards ... turned in a team-high four sacks for a loss of 28 yards ... recovered one fumble during the season ... was in on four stops against Wake Forest in the EagleBank Bowl ... returned to the starting lineup in the annual Army-Navy game after missing the Northern Illinois contest with a knee injury ... made two solo stops in leading the Midshipmen to a 34-0 win over the Black Knights, as well as their sixth-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy win ... it's the first time Navy has pitched back-to-back shutouts since 1986 ... it's also the first shutout against Army since 1978 (28-0) ... turned in one of Navy's six tackles for a loss against the Black Knights ... recorded a pair of tackles against Notre Dame ... took down Temple's Adam DiMichele, marking the third straight game he has turned in a sack and four of the last five contests ... made a career-high tying six stops, including four solo tackles against the Owls ... also turned in two tackles for a loss of 12 yards ... wrapped up SMU QB Bo Levi Mitchell in the fourth quarter for a sack ... made two solo tackles for a loss of eight yards ... the defense held SMU to -13 yards rushing, the first team to post negative rushing yards against the Mids since Pitt in 1978 ... it also held the Mustangs to eight first downs, marking the first time a Navy opponent was held to 10 or fewer first downs since 1999 when Rutgers mustered 10 ... helped make three tackles in Navy's Homecoming matchup against No. 23 Pitt ... sacked Panthers QB Bill Stull for a loss of three yards, his second sack of the season ... was in on four stops in the Mids' win at Air Force ... recovered a fumble after teammate Wyatt Middleton jarred the ball loose from the grasp of Savier Stephens in the fourth quarter ... four plays later, Navy's Matt Harmon kicked a 32-yard field goal to give Navy a 26-20 lead in the fourth quarter ... turned in four tackles in Navy's win over Wake Forest ... also recorded his first career sack, a loss of six yards for the Deacs ... his lone tackle against Rutgers was for a loss of one yard ... was in on three tackles against Duke, including a half a tackle for a loss of a yard ... turned in a career-high six tackles at Ball State ... made two solo stops in Navy's season-opener against Towson.
>> 2007: Played in all 13 games ... made first-career start against Duke ... totaled 22 tackles, including one stop for a loss, on the year ... also deflected away one pass ... produced two stops in Navy's season-opening win at Temple ... recorded two stops at Rutgers ... made two tackles against Ball State ... came up with a solo stop at Pittsburgh ... delivered three tackles against Wake Forest ... registered four stops, one in the backfield for a loss of two yards, against Delaware ... produced a solo tackle at Notre Dame ... made a solo tackle on week later at North Texas ... came up with a solo tackle and a pass breakup against Northern Illinois ... delivered three solo tackles against Army ... chipped in with two stops against Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl.
>> 2006: Did not see any varsity action.
>> High School / Personal: A 2005 graduate of Malibu High School, Nechak attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2005-06 academic year ... a two-year letterwinner in both football and lacrosse ... a first-team all-conference selection in football as a senior, he also served as team captain in his final campaign ... enjoys spear fishing with a Hawaiian sling ... full name is Matthew Michael Nechak ... born Dec. 24, 1986, in Tarzana, Calif. ... son of Mark Nechak and Linda Miklos ... majoring in General Science.