Fans of both LSU and Auburn remember this 2015 touchdown run by Leonard Fournette that featured Auburn defensive back Tray Matthews trying to make a leaping tackle on Fournette.
In case you missed it, it didn’t go well.
But with Matthews revealing on Friday that he played through last season with two torn labrums, it’s understandable that he might want to avoid some contact, yet still try to make a play.
“When I was going in — and that was my first game back from popping my shoulder out of place — actually didn’t hit that whole week and I ain’t gonna lie that was probably the worst feeling I ever had in my life when I popped my shoulder out of place,” Matthews told reporters, according to a report from 247Sports’ Brandon Marcello. “Going into that game, I really didn’t know what I was going to do. I saw him coming and I was, like, it was kinda like a business decision because I didn’t want to pop my shoulder all the way out of place and miss the whole season. I was like, OK, let me hit him up high and try to grab him and bring him down. I actually jumped too high. My adrenaline was running.”
Matthews had offseason surgery on both shoulders, so we can expect him to be healthy for the 2016 season. And we can expect him to attack Fournette’s center of gravity next time, too.