Carolina Football Practice Report
Spring Practice Report Number 11
Spring Practice Report Number 3
Mike Davis Makes Case for Starting Role
Football Media Day (8/3/14)
Fourth-year junior offensive lineman... moved to right guard in the spring and enters the fall as the probable starter at that position after playing tackle throughout his career... 2014 was the first spring he was able to practice due to injuries... the move gives Carolina another experienced offensive lineman in the starting mix... presented with the "Everday Hustle" award for the offense by the coaches in the spring... talented player who has been hampered by shoulder problems for each of the past two seasons... has undergone surgery on both shoulders since coming to Carolina... has started 10 games during his career.
2013: Redshirted after having his right shoulder scoped on August 9... also missed all of spring ball while rehabbing from shoulder surgery.
2012: Started five games along the offensive line... was the starting right tackle in the season opener at Vanderbilt... moved to left tackle and started each of the next two contests before moving back to right tackle for the Missouri game... did not play at Kentucky due to an injured shoulder... made the start at left tackle against Florida... the shoulder injury ultimately required season-ending surgery... also missed the spring of 2012 while rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery.
2011: A first-team Freshman All-American according to Sporting News... saw very limited action in the first four games as the coaches considered redshirting the true freshman tackle... redshirt was taken off for good when senior starting left tackle Kyle Nunn suffered a back injury... made his first collegiate start at left tackle against Auburn... saw limited action again over the next three games, then moved into the starting right tackle slot for the Florida contest and held the starting job for the remainder of the season... made five starts during the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was a two-year starter at left tackle for the Park Vista High School Cobras in Lake Worth, Fla., graduating in 2011.. missed some time early in his senior season with a knee injury... coached by Brian Dodds... played in Florida's North-South All-Star game... also invited to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. following his senior season but did not participate due to an ankle injury... earned Class 6A first-team all-state honors in 2009 after leading the Cobras to a 6-4 record and a spot in the playoffs... also wrestled in high school... given a three-star ranking, named the 33rd-best offensive tackle in the country and the 79th-best player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com... regarded as a three-star prospect and the 54th-best offensive tackle by Scout.com... three-star prospect, according to 247Sports.com... named to PrepStar's All-Southeast Region class... had numerous scholarship offers including ones from Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
PERSONAL: Michael Matulis was born November 30, 1992... is a criminal justice major... brother, Chris, was a pitcher at LSU.