One of UNLV football's top groups this spring has been its wide receivers.
For the ninth straight year, UNLV Athletics is represented by at least 35 Rebels on Fall Academic All-MW Team.
Receiver granted extension by NCAA, will be back for 2014.
60 current and former UNLV student-athletes eligible for Spring Commencement Ceremonies.
Las Vegans Tyler Gaston, Tim Hasson lead way with fourth career spot on Academic All-MW Team.
UNLV: A speedy athlete from Hawai'i who was awarded a waiver of participation from the NCAA ... Ruling gave him another year of competition ... The former walk-on showed a great ability to go up high and over the middle for the football while displaying great hands as a key possession receiver ... Name is pronounced "MIKE-ah MAH-tah-L-A" ... A two-time member of the Academic All-Mountain West team ... Earned a spot on the UNLV Dean's Honor List in the fall 2013 semester.
2013: Played in every game and started eight of them ... Named a co-winner of the "Doc" Tobler Senior Award when it was thought it was his final collegiate campaign ... Emerged as one of the most dependable receivers on the squad ... Recorded career-highs in receptions (36), yards (411) and touchdowns (3) ... Served notice in the season opener by making a game-high nine grabs for 43 yards ... Scored a touchdown in three consecutive games (at UNR, vs. SJSU and vs. USU) ... Posted a career-high 89 yards on six receptions vs. San Jose State in Game Nine.
2012: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in 12 games at both receiver and special teams ... Caught two passes for seven yards.
2011: Spent fall as a student at UNLV, but did not play football.
2010: Attended Oregon State but was not a member of the football team.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Kamehameha-Kapalama HS ... A two-year letterwinner who played both ways as a wide receiver and safety under coach David Stant ... Garnered second team All-ILH state honors as a senior and honorable mention honors in 2008 ... Also was a sprinter and long jumper for the track team.
PERSONAL: Maika Joshua Mataele was born Jan. 11, 1991, in Honolulu ... The son of Mary and Esei Mataele ... Has an older sister, Tehina, and three younger brothers, Elijah, Noah and Keola ... Majoring in sociology.