Had career cut short after a series of injuries ... Opted to take a medical scholarship following the 2011 season thus ending his playing career with the Tigers ... Played in 28 games with no starts during his career with the Tigers ... Saw action at both offensive guard and tight end.
JUNIOR SEASON (2011)
Played in seven games with no starts ... Competed in 46 offensive plays with eight knockdowns on the year ... Played a season-high 27 snaps at guard against Northwestern State and tallied a career-best seven knockdowns ... Saw action in 14 snaps at Ole Miss and posted one knockdown.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010)
Played in 11 games with no starts ... Competed in 18 offensive plays with three knockdowns on the year ... Played a season-high nine snaps at guard against ULM and tallied two knockdowns ... Came in on five plays in the Cotton Bowl win over Texas A&M ... Recorded one knockdown in two plays against Mississippi State ... Lined up at tight end or tackle on short-yardage or goal line plays.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2009)
Played in 10 games with no starts ... Served as a backup offensive tackle and also lined up at tight end on short yardage and goal line situations.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008)
Redshirted as a true freshman in 2008.
A blue-chip tight end rated among the best in the nation at his position ... Named to the Rivals.com 250 and ranked as the nation's No. 6 tight end ... Member of the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen, New Orleans Times-Picayune Top 25 Blue-Chip List and Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100 ... Earned Class 2A all-state honors in both his junior and senior years ... Also named to the academic all state team ... Caught 32 balls for 312 yards and one touchdown as a senior ... Caught 25 passes for 275 yards and five TDs as a junior ... Also, helped pave the way for a pair of 1,000 yard rushers his junior year ... Also played baseball, basketball and participated in track and field in high school ... Coached by Mike Collins.
Full name is Matthew Clayton Branch ... Born March 1, 1989, in Monroe, La. ... Parents are Mark Branch and Brenda Tarver ... Has four siblings - Kaitlin, Jake, Connor and Emily ... Majoring in general studies.