Suffered a foot injury in spring drills but is expected to return at full strength to anchor the defensive line along with Michael Roberts.
2002: Led the Green Wave defense and ranked third in Conference USA in fumbles recovered with three. A mainstay in the Wave's defensive line rotation who started the Army game (11/16) when Roxie Shelvin was out with an ankle injury. Had one fumble return for four yards, versus UL-Monroe (10/5). Fifth among all Wave defensive linemen in terms of plays. Compiled 13 tackles, eight solo, on the year. Recovered a pair of fumbles in Tulane's win at UL-Monroe. Also picked up a ball versus Army (11/16). Had a pair of solo tackles with a tackle for loss versus Cincinnati (10/12). Also credited with two tackles in the Southern, Texas and Southern Miss games. Notched his only sack of the year in the UAB game (10/19).
2001: Did not play in the opener, but quickly earned a slot on the defensive line. Played in the remaining 11 games, including seven starts at defensive tackle. Tallied 28 tackles, including three for loss. Posted a season-high six tackles and forced a fumble against Louisville (11/3). Notched his first career sack against Cincinnati (10/6). Had five tackles with a fumble recovery against TCU (10/13).
HIGH SCHOOL: Late signee who was a two-time first team all-district player in 1999 and 2000. Also earned honorable mention all-district honors as a sophomore. First team all-city selection in 2000. Named the defensive Most Valuable Player and outstanding defensive lineman on his high school team and won the leadership award following his senior year. Collected 50 tackles with five quarterback sacks as a senior. Won the state powerlifting championship as a senior. Played for Coach Jim Ledford at Berkner. Also considered Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
PERSONAL: Wallace Sahludden Mateen. Nickname is Bamm. Born October 28, 1982 in Gary, Ind. The son of Wallace and Esther Mateen.
Mateen''s Career Defensive Stats