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Boise State roster countdown 2019: Day 12, Zach Matlock

The defense rests, your honor.

BYU v Boise State Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images

No, this isn’t an announcement of a Matlock reboot, although with recent trends that’s probably not that far off. We’re on the home stretch to football, folks!

#12, Zach Matlock, RS FR, QB

Boise State University


Height: 6’0”

Weight: 199lbs

High School: Las Vegas HS (Las Vegas, NV)

How’d he get to The BlueTM?

A lightly-recruited dual threat quarterback, Matlock had some options including a scholarship to Cornell. After watching a marathon of The Office, he wisely decided that even a scholarship didn’t make Cornell worth it, and instead walked on at Boise State to shoot his shot in the quarterback race. Don’t let the lack of scholarship offers deceive you, however; he’s got the juice as a dual threat.




If you’re old like me, he looks like a ringer for the famous rapper, Ludacris. For the younger crowd, he looks like the famous movie star, Ludacris. For the really young peeps, he looks like country crossover star, Ludacris.

Career highlights

2019 Prospectus

It’s a crowded quarterback race this fall, with Chase Cord, Hank Bachmeier, and Jaylon Henderson leading the group for the starting slot, with Kaiden Bennet and Riley Smith in the mix as well. After someone gets named the starter, there’s likely gonna be a bit of a shakeup as the main backups get determined as well. Zach’s skillset might translate well as a change-up option, not unlike Chase Cord was last season.

Regardless, walking on at Boise State shows some level of drive and desire, and he may just work himself into a shot. While you don’t necessarily want to work your way down the depth chart like that, you never want to assume it can’t happen (what’s up, UNR?). Zach was originally the backup on his highschool team before getting a shot and then becoming the star. Sounds like a blue collar dude who’s gonna maximize his chances.

Is he on Twitter?

Hell yeah! Not crazy active, but he does stuff!

Completely made up fact

Matlock despises Reno so much that he actually looks for connecting flights instead of direct from Vegas to Boise so that he doesn’t even fly over Reno.