HOOVER, Ala. – In their short time together, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp made a positive impact on Auburn safety Tray Matthews.
Matthews started at strong safety under Muschamp in 2015, during his only season as the Tigers defensive coordinator. Matthews, then a sophomore, recorded 46 tackles, 2 pass breakups and 1.5 tackles for loss.
“Muschamp, he’s one of those coaches that gets after you,” Matthews said. “He wants the best out of you and he’s always expecting excellence. That’s one thing that he wants from all of his players and that’s what I admire about him. He was a great coach. He’s very smart.”
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Like Muschamp, Matthews played high school football in the state of Georgia. And, like Muschamp, Matthews signed to state in-state and play for the Bulldogs. But the former U.S. Army All-American left Athens after his first and only season in 2013.
Both were in Hoover on Thursday, to close up shop at SEC Media Days.
“A lot of coaches haven’t played the game at the highest level, like he did at Georgia and he’s just a great coach,” Matthews said. “He definitely helped me out a lot, too.”