Former Bulldog Tray Matthews ready to hit someone


Bulldogs fans will remember former defensive back Tray Matthews for a number of reasons.

There's the tattoo with Georgia's "G" emblazoned on his chest that he had to change.

There was the time Matthews was arrested, along with three other Georgia football players, and charged with misdemeanor theft by deception for allegedly double-dipping school-issued financial-aid checks by cashing them twice.

There's the "Miracle at Jordan-Hare." (Or just watch the video above.)

There's the classroom disruption that ultimately led to his dismissal from Georgia.

And then there's his departure to Auburn.

Tray Matthews
Tray Matthews

Tray Matthews hangs out with Auburn fans before the season start last year. (247Sports)

That is where the story picks up. After sitting out a year, Matthews has been making an impression with new Tigers defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

Matthews recently told the Opelika-Auburn News that he has big aspirations for his first year in a Tigers uniform.

His new teammates have poked fun at his involvement in the tipped pass that gave Auburn an improbable win two seasons ago.

But he is happy with the move.

"I had a great opportunity over there at Georgia, but now I think I have an even better opportunity."

And he fully intends to make up for lost time.

"I'm just going to go hard because sitting out a year, I got so much built up pressure. That's why in practice I go hard every day. I tell those boys this is our year, this is no joke. I just want to take full advantage of it. And it humbled me, so just go hard every day."

Georgia returns to Jordan-Hare to face Auburn Nov. 14.