Dawgs Putting Discipline Back in Defense
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, UGA head coach Mark Richt dismissed Tray Matthews from the team earlier this week. Matthews started six games at safety for Georgia, however his off the field problems left the Bulldogs with no alternative but to remove him from the program.
During what the AJC termed an exclusive interview, Tray Matthews stated that his unruly classroom behavior was the final straw in his dismissal.
Fret not, Bulldog Nation, for Tray Matthews says he was planning to leave anyway. Apparently, he had been waiting for the right time to inform the media. Matthews clearly has some growing up to do, and here’s hoping a change of scenery helps facilitate that.
As far as what is next for the troubled sophomore, Tray Matthews has expressed a desire to continue his college career at either Auburn or Louisville.
Task Getting Tougher for Jeremy Pruitt
Tray Matthews was not a difference maker on defense during his time in Athens. Still, there is no substitute for experience. UGA possesses the talent level to compete with any team in the country, but a lack of depth on defense is going to make a quick turnaround very difficult.
Georgia Sending a Message to Student Athletes
In the midst of another turbulent offseason for the Georgia Bulldogs, Mark Richt says the football team “is trying to make room for guys who want to do things right.” Tray Matthews is the third player who played a significant role in 2013 that has left the program this offseason. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has his work cut out for him preparing for his first season between the hedges.
Discipline issues are a fact of life in big time college football. The key to success is whether or not a team establishes a no nonsense standard of handling and overcoming issues, while working together to be successful on and off of the gridiron to breed success in all facets of college.
Games Cannot be won in June (Though they can Certainly be Lost)
June is a fairly absurd time to make big predictions about the upcoming season. Even so, 2014 promises to be a pivotal year for Bulldog Nation. It has been nearly a decade since Georgia won the Southeastern Conference, and expectations will be high for a lot of new faces to make a championship level first impression.