Free safety for the Georgia Bulldogs, Tray Matthews, has had a difficult time as of late. Matthews has had several issues on and off the field since his arrival in Athens. He was arrested this offseason for attempting to cash a stipend check twice, and has been called out by head coach Mark Richt for showing a lack of maturity. A hamstring injury has also plagued Matthews since he stepped on campus.
It has become apparent that Matthews hasn’t shown much maturity in the way he has dealt with his issues. He seems to blame everybody but himself for all of his problems. Luckily for the Bulldogs, Matthews is finally beginning to understand that he must take responsibility for his actions. That me-first attitude he has shown during his short time with the Bulldogs is finally going away.
Richt has gone public recently in praising his star safety for finally beginning to grasp that things won’t be handed to him. Richt knows that Matthews has all the talent in the world to be a difference-maker on the Bulldogs’ defense — he just needs to get his mind right when it comes to his level of maturity.
Obviously, Matthews wants to be great, and he has all the tools to be, but he needs to understand that it takes making sacrifices to reach greatness. A player can’t reach their potential unless they have the ability to persevere when the going gets tough. I think that Matthews is finally beginning to understand this, and will show that he can be a formidable player in the Bulldogs’ secondary in 2014.