AU Tray Matthews Facing UGA for the Second Time His Senior Season


It is a big week for the Auburn football team and with a tough task at hand. Can they beat Georgia for the second time this year just just three weeks a part in the SEC championship game?

They are going to have to do it on a neutral site and there is one guy on the Auburn football team who never expected to be in this position just three years ago.

“I would have never imagined this right here,” says auburn senior defensive back Tray Matthews. 

Matthews suffered two serious shoulder injuries during his freshman season at the university of Georgia and played through it. Following the 2015 season he had surgery.

“I lost 30 pounds through the whole surgery process and I felt like I would never get back to where I was. It was the lowest point in my life you know I almost wanted to give up but my parents kept me going,” says Matthews. 

Then the tables turned. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn took a chance and welcomed in Matthews in 2015. By 2016, he was the team’s leading tackler and now he’s one of the biggest factors on Auburn’s secondary.

“He’s the leader you know I mean when he talks they all listen and he’s got that, that edge about him that really rubs off on his other teammates and not just defensively but all of his teammates and he’s playing at a high level. He’s playing with that chip on high shoulder,” says coach Malzahn. 

“I’m already excited you know I already have chills running through my body every single day after the game Saturday. It’ll be a great game and I’m looking forward to it,” says Matthews. 

This will be the first time in history that Auburn and Georgia will met each other in the SEC championship game. The fun gets kicked off from Mercedes Benz stadium this Saturday at 4pm eastern time. 

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