The Rebels held their first scrimmage of the fall on Saturday.
UNLV: A hard-hitting returning starter who is listed No. 1 at the strongside linebacker spot heading into fall ... Last name is pronounced "Lee."
2015: Played in eight games, including five starts ... Ranked 11th on the team with 26 total tackles.
2014: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in all 13 games and starting six ... Made his first collegiate start at San Diego State on Sept. 27 ... Finished sixth on the team with 52 total tackles, including three for loss ... Also recovered one fumble.
2013: Redshirted season.
2012: Grayshirted season after signing with the program in February ... One of 10 recruits from California to sign with UNLV in 2012 ... Played both defensive back and outside linebacker in high school.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 graduate of Central HS under coach Casey Quinn ... A three-year letterwinner, he helped the Grizzlies to an 8-3 record his senior year and 7-3 as both a sophomore and junior ... Earned All-Tri-River Athletic Conference honors all three seasons on the field ... Named Second Team All-Bee from the Fresno Bee as a senior.
PERSONAL: Matthew Kevin Lea was born Sept. 23, 1993, in Fresno, CA ... The son of Kim and Kevin Lea ... Has two older sisters, Jenny and Shanda and one brother, Justin ... His cousin, Cliff Harris, played defensive back at Oregon and in the NFL for the New York Jets ... Earned his degree in criminal justice and is pursuing a second bachelor's degree.