One of head coach Bobby Ross' most pleasant surprises this spring ... emerged as impact player on defense at "mike" linebacker position ... improved size and strength dramatically during offseason ... hard worker who earned team's "Most Improved" player award on defense at conclusion of spring drills ... worked way into mix for starting job ... carries great intensity into every snap ... features excellent tackling technique ... one of club's most sound tacklers ... enters preseason camp as likely starter opposite Greg Washington at "mike" linebacker spot ... provides Army with excellent size and strength inside ... lends physical presence ... two-year letterman.
2003: Closed year with 37 tackles ... saw action in all 13 contests ... drew reserve duty in first seven appearances before earning first career start in place of injured Brian Hill at Cincinnati ... enjoyed stellar starting debut, recording career-high 11 hits and first career interception ... also posted initial career pass deflection versus Bearcats ... 2-yard interception return inside UC red zone set up Army touchdown ... collected five tackles in season-opening loss to Connecticut ... posted four stops against East Carolina, including first career tackle for loss ... brought down ECU punter Ryan Dougherty for 13-yard loss after Pirate booter mishandled snap ... notched three tackles against USF and TCU ... added two hits versus Rutgers, Air Force and Houston.
2002: Drew 10 game appearances ... sat out season-opening tilts against Holy Cross and Rutgers ... received field duty in each of year's final 10 outings ... majority of playing time came on special teams ... registered lone tackle of season against Houston ... saw limited time at inside linebacker.
2001: Did not appear in a varsity contest.
High School: All-conference selection during junior and senior years at Miramonte High in Orinda, Calif. ... played for head coach Floyd Burnsed ... all-metro choice as a senior ... National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete selection ... helped team to league championship each of final three seasons ... three-time letterwinner ... served as team captain during senior campaign.
Personal: Born June 3, 1982 ... given name is Matthew William Maimone ... parents' names are Bill and Janet Maimone ... majoring in Law.