HOOVER, Ala. -- The last time Tray Matthews made a play on Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium, he was a member of the Georgia Bulldogs and a prayer from quarterback Nick Marshall was sailing over his head. The ball was famously caught by Ricardo Louis at the 23-yard line and taken in for a game-winning score.
After being dismissed from Georgia, Matthews landed at Auburn and, according to his teammates, has worked hard to rid himself of that stigma.
“He has a good work ethic,” senior defensive back Jonathan Jones said. “When he couldn’t play last season, you’d see him in (the gym) working out. So you knew that he had the potential to do it.”
Matthews was named most valuable player for the A-Day game in April. With a defense hoping to improve from its national ranking of 65 a year ago, Matthews will undoubtedly provide a boost in the secondary.