NU Football BIO
Mathew May
Player Profile:
Mathew May 139103
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Imperial, Neb.
High School: Chase County

Honors & Awards

  • Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2009)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008)
  • Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2011)

Senior Mathew May continued to provide depth at linebacker for Nebraska in 2011, while also playing a key role on Nebraska's outstanding special teams units. May was a strong contributor on the Huskers' kickoff coverage unit, helping Nebraska rank among the Big Ten's best in that category in 2011.

The 6-1, 215-pound May was a core special teams player throughout his career, and played in a total of 49 games, including every game his final three seasons. May completed his degree work in business administration/marketing in December of 2011.

2011 (Senior)
May played in all 13 games and finished the season with eight tackles, including five on special teams. May made his biggest play of the year against Washington, when he recovered a fumbled kickoff at the Husky 1 in the third quarter. NU scored one play later to extend its lead to 17 points. May had a career-high three tackles at Minnesota when he saw extensive action at linebacker, and made two tackles at Wisconsin, both on special teams.

2010 (Junior)
May was a reserve linebacker behind Lavonte David and Will Compton and was also a special teams standout. May played in all 14 games and finished with 10 tackles, including five solo stops, and had a season-high three tackles at Kansas State. Five of his tackles came on Nebraska's special teams units. He was the special teams captain in NU's win over Missouri.

2009 (Sophomore)
May saw action in every game, and finished the year with 10 tackles, and was among the team leaders with nine special teams stops. May had a career-best four tackles in the Huskers' win over Missouri in Columbia.  

2008 (Redshirt Freshman)
May played in eight games, and moved from the secondary to linebacker for the final three games. He finished with six tackles, including three at Kansas State, when he was credited for a forced fumble and sack of KSU quarterback Josh Freeman. He also recovered a fumble against Colorado, and was a special teams contributor.  

2007 (Redshirt)
May sat out as a redshirt and worked with the scout team.  

Before Nebraska (Chase County HS)
May had a standout senior season as a linebacker for Chase County High School. He tallied 104 tackles and four interceptions as a senior to earn Class C-1 all-state honors from both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald. He was also the team's leading rusher with nearly 1,400 yards and 21 touchdowns, as the Longhorns reached the Class C-1 state quarterfinals one year after an appearance in the state championship game.

May ran the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes for the track team, as well as a leg on the 4x400 relay team, which finished with a silver medal in Class B at the state track meet in 2007.  

Mathew is the son of Tim May and Tammy May and was born on March 18, 1988. He was a second-team academic All-Big 12 selection in 2009, and a four-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration/marketing from Nebraska in December of 2011. May was selected to the 2011 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his outreach work. He volunteered his time with Nebraska's local hospital visits, elementary school visits and School is Cool Week.

May's Career Statistics

























2008 8/0 5 1 6 1-8 1-8 1-1 0 0 0 0
2009 14/0 1 9 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
2010 14/0 5 5 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
2011 13/0 5 3 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0













Single-Game Highs
» Tackles-
4 at Missouri (2009)

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