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.