51 - Matt Welsh Position: Offensive Guard
Class: r-Junior
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 295 lbs.
High School: Centreville
Hometown: Clifton, Va.
photo Put himself in position to get some playing time with his best spring practice ... Worked at both guard positions during the fall, but heads into the fall No. 2 on the left side ... Needs to play a little faster, but has all the tools to be successful ... Has benefited from the strength and conditioning program ... Has a chance to give the offensive line a boost if he carries his spring performance over to the fall.

2006: Worked some at both guard spots ... Played 12 snaps in the opener against Northeastern ... Also saw some special teams duty ... Was in on two offensive plays at UNC ... Picked up three plays in the Wake Forest game ... His 575-pound back squat during spring testing was the second-best among the offensive linemen.

2005: Worked at left guard on the scout and jayvee teams ... Saw action in both jayvee games ... Had a 300-pound power clean and 550-pound back squat during spring max testing ... Contined to work at left guard during the spring.

2004: Redshirted while working to gain strength in the weight room ... Recorded a 400-pound bench press, a 326-pound push jerk and a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump in spring testing.

2003: Entered school for the second semester ... Had a 405 bench press and 500-pound back squat during spring max testing ... Worked at guard during spring practice.

High School: Named an All-American by PrepStar as an offensive lineman ... Injured his knee four games into his senior season and was sidelined until returning for the last two games ... A preseason PrepStar All-American ... Named a first-team All-ACC Area offensive lineman by the preseason G&W Recruiting Report ... Coach Mike Skinner tried playing him on both offense and defense, but ended up putting him at offensive tackle ... A first-team selection to the 2001 AAA Coaches all-state team at the offensive tackle position as a junior ... Had 17 pancake blocks in his first game in 2001 ... Ranked the No. 17 offensive guard in the nation by Rivals100.com ... Rated the No. 10 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Rated the No. 12 player in Virginia by SuperPrep ... Ranked the No. 39 player in the Mid Atlantic region by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... A preseason SuperPrep All-American, rated the No. 9 player in Virginia and the No. 38 offensive lineman in the country.

Personal: Matthew Edward Welsh ... Born 9/12/84 in Fairfax, VA ... Son of Ed and Maryann Welsh ... Majoring in apparel, housing and resource management.