College Football

Tray Matthews tweets: It's Auburn

by Doug Gorman

alt

Tray Matthews

By DOUG GORMAN dgorman@newnan.com It only took two weeks for former Newnan and University of Georgia safety Tray Matthews to find his new football home.

Matthews tweeted on Saturday his plans to play for the Auburn Tigers.

The former Cougar spent his freshman season with the Bulldogs before being dismissed by head coach Mark Richt two weeks ago. His decision keeps him in the SEC and pits him against one of the Bulldogs' biggest rivals.

Matthews was arrested earlier this year along with three other former University of Georgia teammates on theft by deception charges and recently entered a pretrial intervention program that will eventually clear his record.

The change in scenery gives Matthews a fresh start. Something he says he needs.

'I'm truly blessed for this opportunity and second chance that God and Coach Gus (Malzahn) have blessed me with. I'm excited and ready to Excel at AU,' Matthews posted on Twitter.

He will now be teammates with former East Coweta standout Markel Boston.

Despite going through spring practice with the Bulldogs and figuring prominently into new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's plans, Matthews was removed from the program by Richt after getting into a classroom disturbance with literature professor Dr. Ronald Borgue.

Matthews' tenure at Georgia came with mixed reviews. After playing both offense and defense for the Cougars in high school, he verbally committed early to the Bulldogs, announcing before his junior season.

Matthews played eight games and started six for Georgia last season.

He had 10 solo tackles against the team he will now play for when the Bulldogs lost to Auburn last season.

Matthews was a lso courted by the University of Louisville, where former Georgia teammate Shaq Wiggins and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham landed when they both left the Bulldogs' program.



More Sports

College Golf

Trevor Smith, Coastal Georgia win second straight national golf title

Newnan graduate Trevor Smith helped lead Coastal Georgia to its second straight NAIA National Men's Golf Championship at the Hills Course in ... Read More


College Softball

Coweta standouts contributing in NCAA Tournament

Former Northgate softball standout Ansley Smith and her Kentucky teammates face must-win situations today against Southeastern Conference ri ... Read More


Former Lady Viking standouts have Shorter on verge of national relay title

Northgate High graduates and current Shorter University track and field standouts Ashley Ballard and Kemor Anderson are on the verge of brin ... Read More


Herrington tabbed to take over Northgate baseball program

Northgate athletic director Dr. Eric Fiske knew he might have some sleepless nights before finally deciding on the right candidate to take o ... Read More


Local Racing

Armisteads double up on wins at Senoia

The father and son racing team of Joe Armistead, Jr. and Joey Armistead doubled on victories on Saturday as the second and third generation ... Read More

Despite Brewers struggles, Smith still ‘getting jiggy with it’ on mound

When it came to talking about the 2014 Major League Baseball season last November, it was hard to blame Will Smith for not exactly being in ... Read More