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Matthew Oplinger

LB

#49

Experience: R

Height: 6-2

Age: 22

Weight: 250 lbs

College: Yale

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Biography

College Career:

Played 40 games and recorded 198 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 21.5 sacks (third most in program history), one INT and one forced fumble … named Ivy League Defensive MVP and was a Buck Buchanan Award Finalist for FCS Defensive Player of Year after collecting a career-high 11.5 sacks and a team-best 14.5 tackles for loss as a senior in 2017 … also earned first-team All-Ivy League and All-American honors … received honorable mention All-Ivy League recognition with 43 tackles, one sack, eight tackles for loss and three pass breakups as a junior in 2016 … earned honorable mention All-Ivy League honors after posting a career-high 65 tackles, five sacks, seven tackles for loss, one forced fumble and six passes defensed as a sophomore in 2015 … honored with the Charles Loftus Award for the most valuable freshman at Yale in 2014.

Personal:

Captained the football and track teams at Delbarton (Morristown, NJ) High School where he was a 10-time letterman in football (three), track (four) and lacrosse (three) … earned Maxwell Player of the Year, Daily Record Player of the Year and first-team all-state honors after totaling 130 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, seven interceptions, 17 TDs and 1,200 receiving yards as a senior in 2013 … helped lead the Green Wave to three conference championships and two state finals in football and two conference titles in lacrosse … also received all-county honors in track … brother, Justin, played linebacker at Yale and sister, Lauren, played ice hockey at Holy Cross … had a summer job with Franklin Templeton as an analyst researching oil companies … Oplinger family has fostered children in need of surgeries through the Healing the Children program … majored in Economics.

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