Furman: (seh-czar-E)...left-footer who returns for his fifth season in the Paladin program...gives Furman a quality, experienced kicker. 2008 -- Took over squad kicking duties following the graduation of All-Southern Conference performer and Furman's career kick scoring leader Scott Beckler...paced the team in scoring with 64 points, converting 37x38 PATs and 9x12 FGs...contributed 11 points (8x8 PATs, 1x1 FGs) in season opener against Mars Hill (62-14 win)...connected on a pair of field goals in a 42-21 victory over eventual Patriot League champion and NCAA playoff qualifier Colgate...also knocked through a pair of field goals against The Citadel (34-20 win)...led the SoCon in PAT accuracy (97.4%) and ranked second in FG accuracy (75%)...finished fifth in the league in kick scoring (5.3 ppg) and ninth in overall scoring...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll. 2007 -- Saw limited action in five games...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll. 2006 -- Appeared in one game, attempting an onside kick in the closing seconds of the North Carolina game (45-42 loss)...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll. 2005 -- Member of scout team...awarded redshirt and extra year of eligibility.
High School: 2005 graduate of Westminster (3A) High School...played wide receiver and handled kicking and punting chores...football coach was Gerry Romberg...named first team all-city as a kicker after converting 11-of-14 field goals his senior year in helping Westminster into the state playoffs...also starred in soccer, earning all-state honors after scoring a school record 18 goals as a senior.
Personal: Full name is Matthew Steven Cesari...son of Steve and Indy Cesari...born February 9, 1987, in Atlanta, Georgia...has three sisters: Courtney, Stefany, and Whitney...father played football at Northeastern University and grandfather played football at Army...carries a 3.13 GPA...business administration major.