2009 (Senior): Started in four games before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Louisville ... was averaging a league-leading 101.3 yards per game entering the Louisville game ... four rushing touchdowns also led the league at the time of his injury ... finished with 74 carries for 330 yards for an average of 82.5 yards per game ... averaged 4.5 yards per carry ... had a career-high 156 yards on 36 carries against Utah State ... 36 carries tied the fourth-best single-game total in school history ... 94 yards on 20 carries vs. San Jose State ... also had nine receptions for 88 yards.
2008 (Junior): Played in all 13 games with one start (Utah State)
… Utah’s leading rusher ranked first on the team in carries (146), net yards (707), yards per game (54.4) and touchdowns (12) … averaged 4.8 yards per rush … finished seventh in the MWC in rushing (54.4) and tied for second in touchdowns (12) … 10th in the league in scoring (6.0 ppg) … season-best 116 yards and 19 carries against Air Force … other big games included 85 yards vs. New Mexico, 83 vs. San Diego State and 77 against Michigan … also had 13 receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown … 39-yard reception vs. Michigan … threw two passes – completing both for touchdowns – out of the “Asiata Formation” … completed a 32-yard touchdown pass against UNLV.
2007 (Redshirt): Injury redshirt … broke his leg in the first game of the season at Oregon State … prior to the injury, he rushed four times for 16 yards.
Personal: Received an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA to play in 2010 ... 2006 junior college All-American was also first-team all-Western States Football League ... led the WSFL and Snow College in rushing with 1,365 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2006 ... averaged 6.3 yards per carry and 136.5 yards per game ... rushed for 238 yards in a win over Scottsdale CC ... Snow won the WSFL championship in 2006 and bowl games in 2005 and 2006 ... rated the No. 79 JC recruit by Rivals.com ... 2003 and 2004 all-state and all-region selection for Hunter High (Utah) ... earned three letters in football and basketball ... Hunter was the 2003 state champion in both football and basketball ... son of Pete and Faulole Asiata ... two brothers and two sisters ... brother Shawn plays linebacker and fullback for Snow College ... married to Tangi Atiga ... daughter Ioana Faulole and son Matt ... full name is Matthew Rentinai Asiata (pronounced ah-see-ah-ta) ... born July 24, 1987 in Santa Ana, Calif.
Notes: Married with three children. Won Utah state titles in football and basketball as a prep. Was suspended for the season opener of his senior season for his role in a brawl that escalated from an eating contest with a rival school. Was ejected from a basketball game his senior season for entering the stands and punching a fan. Attended Snow College (Utah) for two years, earning All-America honors (coaches) in '06 after rushing 246 times for 1,494 yards (6.1-yard average) and 15 touchdowns with 16 receptions for 162 yards (10.1) and zero TDs. Was ejected from the final game of his freshman season. Joined the Utes in '07 but underwent season-ending surgery after breaking the tibia and fibula in his right leg in the season opener against Oregon State. Had 4-16-0 (4.0) rushing. Sprained an ankle during '08 fall camp, but played all 13 games (started in a two-back formation against Utah State) and toted 146-707-12 (4.8) with 13-111-1 (8.5) receiving. Also completed a pair of TD passes operating out of the "Wildcat" formation. In '09, started 3-of-4 games in which he played and managed 74-330-4 (4.5) on the ground with 9-88-0 (9.8) receiving before tearing his right ACL against Louisville. Healthy in '10, he started 7-of-13 games and toted 155-695-8 (4.5) with 32-195-1 (6.1) receiving. Team captain.
Positives: Well-built with an NFL body. Quick to the line - crashes hard downhill and can veer and weave through traffic and find lanes. Plays with urgency and carries a swagger. Will drop his shoulder, drive his legs and power through contact. Good inside run strength. Has dependable hands. Competitive, face-up blocker.
Negatives: Runs too tall. Marginal lateral agility and top-end speed - cannot shake defenders or reach the corner. Not creative and does not string moves together. Might take some time to grasp a complex playbook. Durability is concerning.
Summary: Strong, upright, intense inside slammer who might project best as a West Coast fullback in the pros.