Yetur Gross-Matos

American football player (born 1998)

American football player
Yetur Gross-Matos
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Gross-Matos with the Carolina Panthers in 2020
San Francisco 49ers
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1998-02-26) February 26, 1998 (age 26)
Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Chancellor
(Fredericksburg, Virginia)
College:Penn State (2017–2019)
NFL draft:2020 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Career history
  • Carolina Panthers (2020–2023)
  • San Francisco 49ers (2024–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:142
Sacks:13.0
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Yetur Akkub Gross-Matos (born February 26, 1998) is an American football defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early years

Gross-Matos was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey but grew in Fredericksburg, Virginia. When Gross-Matos was two years old, his biological father died after a boating accident while trying to rescue Yetur from drowning. When he was 10, his brother died from a lightning strike while they were playing baseball.[1][2][3]

Gross-Matos attended Chancellor High School in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.[4] During his high school career, he had 37 sacks. He committed to Pennsylvania State University to play college football.[5]

College career

As a true freshman in 2017, Gross-Matos played in all 13 games and had 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks. As a sophomore in 2018, he started all 13 games and had 54 tackles and eight sacks.[6][7] After a junior year with 14 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks, Gross-Matos decided to forgo his senior year and declared for the 2020 NFL Draft.[8]

College statistics

Season Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Asst Tot TFL Yds Sack Yds Int PD FF FR
2017 13 5 12 17 2 8 1.5 7 0 0 0 0
2018 13 36 18 54 20 88 8 58 0 1 2 1
2019 12 24 16 40 15 85 9.5 76 0 1 0 1
Total 38 65 46 111 37 181 19 141 0 2 2 2

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
266 lb
(121 kg)
34+78 in
(0.89 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
34.0 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[9][10]

Carolina Panthers

Gross-Matos was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 38th overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.[11] He was the second defensive end taken behind Chase Young.[12]

In Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals, Gross-Matos recorded his first career sack, a strip sack on Kyler Murray which was recovered by the Panthers, during the 31–21 win.[13] He suffered an ankle injury in Week 5 and was placed on injured reserve on October 16, 2020.[14] He was activated on November 7, 2020, prior to Week 9.[15] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 30, 2020,[16] and activated on December 10.[17]

On October 24, 2023, Gross-Matos was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.[18] He was activated on December 2.[19]

San Francisco 49ers

On March 14, 2024, Gross-Matos signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.[20]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Bold Career high

Regular Season

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sck Sfty PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR Yds TD
2020 CAR 12 7 24 9 15 2.5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2021 CAR 14 2 28 18 10 3.5 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2022 CAR 17 17 54 18 36 2.5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 4 -2 0
2023 CAR 12 6 36 19 12 4.5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 55 32 142 64 78 13.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 4 -2 0

References

  1. ^ Murphy, Dan (June 14, 2019). "How two tragedies shaped top NFL prospect Yetur Gross-Matos". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  2. ^ McGonigal, John (June 28, 2017). "Penn State's Yetur Gross-Matos playing inspired football for late brother". Centre Daily Times. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  3. ^ Giger, Cory (December 30, 2018). "PSU's Gross-Matos has endured tragedy". sungazette.com. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  4. ^ Coghill Jr., Taft (April 24, 2020). "Gross-Matos selected by Carolina Panthers on Day 2 of NFL draft". Fredericksburg.com. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  5. ^ Coghill Jr., Taft (February 27, 2016). "Chancellor's Gross-Matos commits to Penn State". Fredericksburg.com. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  6. ^ Coghill Jr., Taft (December 31, 2018). "Gross-Matos hungry for more after breakout sophomore season at Penn State". Fredericksburg.com. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  7. ^ Wogenrich, Mark (August 4, 2019). "Penn State's Yetur Gross-Matos returns from suspension motivated, 'more mature'". York Dispatch. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  8. ^ Fitz, Sean (December 3, 2019). "Gross-Matos to forgo final season at PSU, will play in bowl". 247sports.com. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Yetur Gross-Matos Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  10. ^ "Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State, DE, 2020 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  11. ^ Simmons, Myles (April 24, 2020). "Panthers select DE Yetur Gross-Matos in second round". Panthers.com. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  12. ^ "2020 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  13. ^ "Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers - October 4th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  14. ^ Simmons, Myles (October 16, 2020). "Panthers place Tyler Larsen on reserve/COVID-19 list, Yetur Gross-Matos on reserve/injured list". Panthers.com. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  15. ^ Simmons, Myles (November 7, 2020). "Panthers activate Christian McCaffrey, Yetur Gross-Matos". Panthers.com. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  16. ^ "Panthers place Yetur Gross-Matos on reserve/COVID-19 list". Panthers.com. November 30, 2020. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  17. ^ Weaver, Tim (December 10, 2020). "Panthers activate rookie DE Yetur Gross-Matos from reserve/COVID-19 list". USAToday.com. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  18. ^ "Panthers place three on IR, activate one, agree to terms with two". Panthers.com. October 24, 2023. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  19. ^ Gantt, Darin (December 2, 2023). "Jaycee Horn, Jeremy Chinn, Yetur Gross-Matos activated". Panthers.com.
  20. ^ "49ers Acquire DL in Trade with Texans; Sign Three Free Agents". 49ers.com. March 14, 2024. Retrieved March 14, 2024.

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