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    Saginaw Valley State
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Signed to a contract extension by the Toronto Argonauts on October 24, 2014.

2014: Played in five regular season games, starting in one at FS …registered eight defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, and a fumble recovery. Week 1 at WPG, Started at S…Recorded four defensive tackles and two special teams tackles…Left game due to arm injury… Week 10 at HAM, Dressed as S…Recorded one defensive tackle, one pass knockdown and one fumble recovery…Week 17 vs. MTL, Dressed at FS…Recorded two defensive tackles, one forced fumble and one pass knockdown.

2013: Dressed in 16 regular season games with 15 starts for Toronto…Week 2 vs. BC, Recorded five defensive tackles and three special teams tackles…Week 11 vs. Montreal, recorded four defensive tackles and one special teams tackle…Week 19 vs. Montreal, Recorded two tackles and an interception he returned 62 yards for a touchdown...2013 Playoffs Dressed as DB with one tackle in Eastern Final loss against the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

2012: Dressed in all 18 regular season games for Toronto…Week 5, Recorded 2 DT and 1 ST in win against Montreal…Week 6, Recovered a Kevin Huntley fumble for a touchdown in loss at B.C.…Week 16, returned 4 kickoffs for 86 yards in loss to Montreal... 2012 Playoffs Dressed as a DB and a recorded one special teams tackle in an Eastern Semi-Final win against Edmonton...Dressed as DB and recorded one special teams tackle in an Eastern Final win against Montreal...Grey Cup 2012 Dressed as a DB but did not record any stats in a win versus Calgary.

2011: Dressed in 18 regular season games for Toronto... Week 4, Dressed at backup CB and played ST in loss vs. Winnipeg...Made two special teams tackles...Week 5, Dressed at back CB and played ST scoring his first career TD in loss vs. Edmonton (29/07/11)...Scooped up a Damon Duval punt and raced it 81 yards for his first career touchdown then made a terrific ST tackle on the very next play, added 1 DT... Week 12, Dressed as backup CB and played ST in loss at Saskatchewan…Made 3 ST tackles.

2010: Dressed in 14 games for Toronto… Weeks 1-3, Did not dress due to injury …Week 5, Made 2010 debut on 42-man active roster…Week 7, Dressed at backup DB and played ST in win vs. Montreal…Thrust into action at CB when Willie Middlebrooks and Lin-J Shell both left game due to injury…Made 1 DT and 3 ST tackles…Week 10, Dressed at backup DB and played ST in loss at B.C…Made single-game career-high 3 ST tackles…Week 12, Dressed at backup DB and played ST in Touchdown Atlantic loss vs. Edmonton…Recorded 2 ST tackles… Week 17, Dressed as backup DB and played ST for loss vs. Montreal…Finished game with 3 DT, 1ST and 1 PKD… 2010 Playoffs Dressed at backup DB, played ST and had a career-game in Eastern Semi-Final win at Hamilton…Forced a Marcus Thigpen fumble in the second quarter, then recovered a Marcus Thigpen fumble in third quarter on Hamilton’s 12-yard line…resulting drive ended in an Argos touchdown…Named Runner Up, CFL Special Teams Player of the Week…Dressed at backup DB and played ST in Eastern Final loss at Montreal…Made 1 ST tackle.

2009: Signed with the Toronto Argonauts on March 11, 2009…Dressed in six games at cornerback and played primarily on special teams during his rookie season with the Argonauts... Week 1, recorded one ST tackle in season opener at Hamilton…subbed into game on defence, for CB Jordan Younger, during the second half… Week 2, dressed at backup CB and played on special teams in loss vs. Saskatchewan… Made two ST tackles and returned one kickoff for 19 yards…Week 3, dressed at backup CB and played on ST recording one ST tackle in loss at Calgary…Week 4, started at punt returner (24/07/09) and was a backup CB in win at Winnipeg… Had three PR for 20 yards, LG 13, before leaving game at beginning of second quarter with shin injury… Week 5, added to IR with leg injury…Week 17, Dressed as backup CB and played ST in loss at Edmonton… Made 1 ST tackle…Week 18, Dressed as backup CB in loss vs. Montreal.

2008: Drafted by Toronto in the 6th round, 45th overall, of the CFL Canadian Draft…Returned to school for final year of eligibility.

A four-year starter at Saginaw Valley State (2004-08)…2008 Named First-Team All-GLIAC…Selected to the Valero Cactus Bowl senior all-star game…Recorded 42 tackles, four pass breakups, ranked third in the GLIAC with five interceptions for 119 yards on the season, including a 19-yard TD…Earned GLIAC Player of the Week honours…Attended the East Coast Bowl in Petersburg, VA…2007 Played in 8 games…Named Academic All-Conference…Returned 12 punts for 91 yards...2006 Led the team with a 14.8-yard punt return average and ran back eight kickoffs for 203 yards and a touchdown…Also posted an interception and 42 tackles…Named Second-Team All-GLIAC…2005 Started all games as a freshman…2004 Redshirted.

Matt majored in communications and minored in marketing at Saginaw Valley State (SVSU). While at SVSU, he was a 1st Team All-GLIAC and Academic All-GLIAC selection. He attended Northern Secondary School in Toronto, where he received the Harry Jerome Award for excellence in athletics in 2004. Since his arrival in Toronto, he has been an ambassador of the Argos’ Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program as well as other community initiatives. Black is a member of the OVFL Hall of Fame after playing with the Metro Toronto Wildcats, where he was honoured as the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Back. Matt, his wife Erin and their daughter call Toronto home year round. Matt’s parents, Marlene and Donovan, also reside in Toronto. He is the oldest of the three Black children, including Argos teammate Eric Black and sister Destiny.



  Tackles Interceptions Fumble Recoveries
Team TKL STT Sacks Ints YDS LG TD Fumb YDS LG TD
BLACK, M 2009 TOR 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BLACK, M 2010 TOR 7 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BLACK, M 2011 TOR 2 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BLACK, M 2012 TOR 13 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1
BLACK, M 2013 TOR 34 11 2 2 62 62 1 2 0 0 0
BLACK, M 2014 TOR 8 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Career Total 64 66 2 2 62 62 1 3 2 2 1

Kick Returns

Team No. Yards Avg Long TD
BLACK, M 2009 TOR 1 19 19.0 19 0
BLACK, M 2010 TOR 0 0 0 0
BLACK, M 2011 TOR 1 7 7.0 7 0
BLACK, M 2012 TOR 10 153 15.3 30 0
Career Total 12 179 14.9 30 0

Punt Returns

Team No. Yards Avg Long TD
BLACK, M 2009 TOR 3 20 6.7 0 0
BLACK, M 2010 TOR 1 1 1.0 0 0
BLACK, M 2011 TOR 3 87 29.0 0 1
BLACK, M 2012 TOR 2 27 13.5 0 0
Career Total 9 135 15.0 0 1
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