Skilled signal caller ... emerged as solid contender for starting quarterback job during spring practice ... accurate passer with great feel for throwing game ... possesses fine touch on both short and deep balls ... brings great leadership qualities into huddle ... adapted nicely to head coach Bobby Ross' two-back offensive scheme ... former "walk-on" to varsity program ... boasts one of strongest throwing arms among quarterback candidates ... hard-nosed competitor with great physical toughness ... not afraid to take on defender ... displays knack for moving club down field ... could claim starter's role during preseason camp with improved consistency in throwing game ... letterman.
2003: Received reserve duty in four of the team's first six contests ... completed 28 of 53 passes for 303 yards and one touchdown ... also tossed six interceptions ... completed 52.8 percent of his passes ... came off bench to rally Black Knights to pair of touchdowns in late stages of loss to Rutgers ... hit on 10 of 12 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown in game's final minutes ... connected with WR Jacob Murphy on 26-yard scoring aerial ... hit on 3 of 5 passes during relief role opposite Tulane ... threw for 31 yards in that outing ... came off bench to hit on 4 of 11 passes for 43 yards against USF ... threw pair of interceptions versus Bulls ... completed 11 of 25 passes for 112 yards in relief role at Louisville ... fired three interceptions in that game ... teamed with WR Aaron Alexander on season-long 33-yard pass play against Cardinals ... did not appear in final seven contests.
2002: Bounced between top three spots on Army's depth chart all season ... made initial varsity start versus Southern Miss due to injuries to starter Reggie Nevels and backup Zac Dahman ... started against East Carolina as well ... shouldered action in eight contests, six at quarterback position ... completed 32 of 80 passes for 402 yards ... threw seven interceptions and one touchdown ... hit on 16 of 36 pass attempts for 199 yards in starting debut versus Southern Miss ... tossed six interceptions in that performance ... hit on 4 of 13 passes for 75 yards in little more than a quarter against ECU ... hooked up with WR Aaron Alexander on season-long 44-yard pass play ... tossed one interception during that abbreviated stint ... received bulk of game action in home loss to Louisville after Dahman suffered leg injury ... connected on 8 of 16 aerial attempts for 91 yards in that showing ... hooked up with WR William White for gain of 33 yards against Cardinals ... completed 4 of 13 pass tries for 37 yards off bench against Memphis.
2001: Did not appear in a varsity contest.
High School: First team all-area choice as a senior at St. Mary's High in Stockton, Calif. ... played for head coach Steve Towne ... leading passer in San Joaquin County as a senior ... completed 76 of 146 pass attempts for 1,244 yards during senior campaign ... tossed 18 touchdown passes ... finalist for California Interscholastic Federation statewide Spirit of Sport Award ... chosen to participate in regional North-South All-Star game ... named school's "Outstanding Student-Athlete" each of final three years ... two-time letterwinner ... earned two additional varsity letters in baseball, one in basketball ... first team all-league choice in basketball ... team captain in football as a senior ... National Honor Society member ... president of Student Senate ... listed in "Who's Who Among American High School Students" during junior and senior years.
Personal: Born Aug. 23, 1983 ... given name is Matthew John Silva ... parents' names are Dave and Barbara Silva ... father, Dave, owns trucking business ... majoring in Systems Engineering.