Will not participate further due to medical reasons... Knee injury will prevent further play... Special teams veteran, played one season (2012) at tight end and two (2011, 2010 redshirt) at linebacker...26 career games played... Two-time, first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree, five-time member of Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... 2011 first-team Academic All-Big 12.
2012 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games as sophomore, primarily on special teams... Played from scrimmage as reserve tight end in opening game, played exclusively on special teams in final 12 games... Recorded no stats on season... Selected first-team Academic All-Big 12 and Fall 2012 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... Moved to tight end from linebacker in spring 2012.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman): Played all 13 games on special teams during redshirt freshman season... Earned first collegiate letter... Earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2011 and spring 2012... Recorded one tackle... Tallied first career tackle at Kansas State in fourth game.
2010 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Baylor and participated on practice squad, redshirted to retain eligibility... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters... Earned team's Defensive Academic Excellence Award.
High School: Versatile all-state linebacker from Big Spring (Texas) High School... National position rankings: No. 70 among outside linebackers by Scout.com and No. 76 among inside linebackers by ESPN.com... Listed among state's top 20 linebackers on Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top 300 recruits... Named 2009 4A All-State linebacker as senior, first-team by TheOldCoach.com and second-team by AP... 2009 District 4-4A Defensive MVP and unanimous first-teamer at linebacker... 2009 All-District 4-4A first-teamer at fullback and second-teamer at punter... Led Big Spring to 10-3 record and DII Region I quarterfinals as senior in 2009... Totaled 123 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss
and three sacks as senior... Named 2008 first-team All-District 4-4A
linebacker and punter as junior... Recorded 93 tackles, two interceptions
and two forced fumbles as junior... Stepped in at quarterback as junior in place of injured starter, threw for 1,069 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 1,187 yards... Played linebacker and tight end as sophomore in 2007... Joined varsity as freshman safety during 2006 playoffs... Played four seasons of varsity under head coaches Phillip Ritchey (uncle) and Mike Ritchey (father) at BSHS.
Personal: Son of Mike and Robin Ritchey... Full name is Matthew Turner Ritchey... Born Sept. 6, 1991, in San Angelo, Texas... Majoring in pre-business.