Mattos was an often-used backup wide receiver and played on special teams as a senior in 2002. Overall in 2002 while appearing in 12 games (all but Oregon State), he caught 5 passes for 76 yards (15.2 avg.), plus made 4 tackles and recovered a fumble. He caught 2 passes for 52 yards versus Notre Dame. He made 2 tackles at UCLA and recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff to set up a USC TD on the next play. He strained his abdomen prior to the Oregon State game and missed that contest. He won USC's Co-Lifter Award.
Mattos, who came to USC in the fall of 2001 from a junior college, made an immediate impression as a sure-handed junior wide receiver (often playing an H-back role). Overall in 2001 while appearing in 8 games, he made 10 receptions for 104 yards (10.4 avg.) and added 2 tackles on special teams. He even started against Arizona State. He missed the Notre Dame, Arizona, Oregon State and California contests with a sprained right knee.
In his Trojan debut in the San Jose State opener, he had a team-best 5 catches for a game-high 75 yards. He added 3 grabs for 9 yards at Oregon, then had an 8-yard catch versus Stanford and a 12-yard grab against Arizona State before hurting his knee. He returned from the injury against UCLA and saw brief action, but did not catch a pass.
He was a 2000 J.C. Athletic Bureau All-American first team, J.C. Grid-Wire All-American honorable mention, Super Prep JUCO 100, J.C. Athletic Bureau All-State Region II Offensive MVP and All-League MVP choice as a sophomore wide receiver at Foothill Junior College in Los Altos Hills (Calif.). He had 76 receptions for 1,200 yards (15.8 avg.) and 14 TDs in 2000, plus returned 5 punts for 17 yards (3.4 avg.). He was sixth in the California juco ranks in receptions per game (6.8) and 18th in scoring (7.8). Foothill went 8-3 and won the Silicon Valley Bowl in 2000.
As a 1999 freshman at Foothill, he had 46 catches for 509 yards (11.1 avg.) with 6 TDs. Foothill was 10-1 and won the Silicon Valley Bowl in 1999. He was named a Scholar-Athlete at Foothill.
He was a 3-year (1996-98) starter at St. Francis High in Mountain View (Calif.), playing wide receiver, defensive back and defensive line. St. Francis won the CIF Central Coast Section Division I championship in 1996 and 1998 and was the runnerup in 1997. He was injured for most of his 1998 senior season.
He caught 56 passes for 826 yards (14.8 avg.) with 4 scores, plus had 8 interceptions, as a 1997 junior while earning All-Area and All-West Catholic Athletic League first team honors.
He also competed in basketball, baseball and track at St. Francis. Current Trojans Matt Lemos, Forrest Mozart and Ronald Nunn also prepped at St. Francis.
He's a sociology major at USC. His sister, Adrienne, was an All-American freestyler on California's swim team and set several school records. His sports hero is NFL star Jerry Rice.
GRANT MATTOS ON:
Being labeled a possession receiver: "I definitely don't want that tagged on me. It motivates me to try to improve myself."
Playing receiver: "I've always wanted to play receiver since I was a little kid. In my mind, that was always my position. I've always worked hard at whatever I need to do to become a great receiver and I'm still working hard to improve?I really like (NFL star receiver) Ed McCaffrey. He's the kind of receiver that I try to emulate."
Being spotted accidentally in junior college by USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who was recruiting his quarterback: "I guess I just happened to be at the right place at the right time. I really didn't think much of coach Chow being there until afterwards."
Landing a USC scholarship after not getting any other offers: "It's just a great feeling. Being rejected by everyone makes me work all that much harder to try to establish myself."
WHAT OTHERS SAY:
USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow: "It's amazing people didn't recruit him. I think it was the thing of being a 'slow white guy.' Actually, he can run pretty well?He's got great hands and has the ability to find the creases and seams in a defense."
USC quarterback Carson Palmer: "He has awesome hands and he doesn't drop anything. He's a lot like (ex-USC receiver) Matt Nickels. Only he has more potential. He's bigger and stronger and capable of more."
Foothill College head coach Marshall Sperbeck: "He's everything you look for. Hard worker, great size, catches the ball, understands the game."
|2001 (Jr.)?|| 10||104||10.4|| 0||21|| 2|| 0/0|| 0|| 0|
|2002 (Sr.)?|| 5|| 76||15.2|| 0||41|| 4|| 0/0|| 0|| 1|
|CAREER??.|| 15||180||12.0|| 0||41|| 6|| 0/0|| 0|| 1|
|GAME-BY-GAME WITH GRANT MATTOS|
|Auburn|| 1|| 12||12.0|| 0||12|
|Washington|| 1|| 4|| 4.0|| 0|| 4 |
|Notre Dame|| 2|| 52||26.0|| 0||41|
|Iowa (Orange)|| 1|| 8|| 8.0|| 0|| 8|
|2002 (Sr.)?|| 5|| 76||15.2|| 0||41|
|San Jose St.|| 5|| 75|| 15.0|| 0||21|
|Oregon|| 3|| 9|| 3.0|| 0|| 6|
|Stanford|| 1|| 8|| 8.0|| 0|| 8|
|Arizona State*|| 1|| 12|| 12.0|| 0||12|
|2001 (Jr.)?|| 10||104|| 10.4|| 0||21|