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Position: RB

Recruiting class: 2013

Pro Team: San Francisco 49ers

College Team: Georgia Southern

High School Team: Nature Coast Technical High School


Matthew John Breida is an American football running back for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He played college football at Georgia Southern and signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

He played high school football for the Sharks, alongside his eventual wife Silvana who was the first female varsity football player in the county. The long-time couple finished first-and-second on the team in scoring.

Breida played college football at Georgia Southern. As a sophomore in 2014, he rushed for a Sun Belt Conference-leading 1,485 yards (second most by a GSU sophomore to Adrian Peterson) and 17 touchdowns on 171 carries, along with eight receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown.[6] This included a career-best 210 yards against Navy on November 15. As a junior in 2015, he improved to 1,609 yards (second in the conference to Larry Rose III[7]) and a conference-leading 17 touchdowns on 203 carries.[8] As a senior in 2016, his statistics declined to 646 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 168 carries, along with 11 receptions for 53 yards and two touchdowns.[9] This significant decrease in output was not due to injury, but at least partially due to first-time head coach Tyson Summers‘ unsuccessful move to a triple option offense.[10] Breida’s 8.7 and 7.9 yards per carry his sophomore and junior years are the two best in school history, and despite only two productive years, he finished 6th in school history in total rushing yards.[11]

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