Nebraska native Matt Donahue joined the Husker program as a walk-on in January of 2008 after playing his freshman season at Ohio University. Donahue took part in spring practice and performed well at the wide receiver spot, but he must sit out the 2008 season per NCAA transfer regulations.
The 6-2, 180-pound Donahue has great speed and made an immediate impact in his first college season under former Nebraska coach Frank Solich at Ohio. Husker coaches are confident Donahue can be a future contributor and he will have three seasons of eligibility in Lincoln, beginning in 2009.
Before Nebraska (Ohio University/Fremont HS)
Donahue played in five games at Ohio in 2007, and made six catches for 143 yards as a freshman, including four catches for 113 yards against Wyoming.
Donahue was a three-year, two-way starter for Fremont High School, starring as a wide receiver and in the Tiger secondary. Donahue tied for the Class A lead as a senior with five interceptions, helping his team to a state playoff berth. He also caught 42 passes for 905 yards as a senior, and ranked second in Class A with 91 receiving yards per game. Donahue, who owns six school records, caught seven touchdown passes as a senior. For his efforts, Donahue was a first-team Super State selection by the Lincoln Journal Star and an All-Nebraska pick by the Omaha World-Herald.
Donahue also lettered three times in basketball and four times in track and field, helping Fremont to a state title.
Matt is the son of Jerry and Susan Donahue and was born on Jan. 9, 1989. He has not declared a major.