The junior is competing with Sterling Bailey for a starting defensive end position
The 6-foot-5, 284-pound Drew worked with the second unit, but thinks that will change.
"I believe that by the time the season rolls around, Sterling Bailey and myself will be sharing a good amount of playing time," said Drew, a junior from Thomasville. "I wouldn't say that I deserve to be a one or Sterling deserves to be a one, but I know we both come from similar backgrounds. We both played in the (U.S.) Army All-American Game. Sterling is a heck of a player. I believe talent-wise we're right there together and we're both going to make an impact this upcoming season."
Breaking in new safeties
Matthews had four tackles and a pass breakup.
"He made two early tackles I thought that were very outstanding," coach Mark Richt said. "Runs looked like they maybe might could have broken a little bit longer, but he just really aggressively made some nice open-field tackles."
Those came against Keith Marshall, who led all rushers with 71 yards on 11 carries.
Matthews plays "downhill every play even if it's thud," receiver Chris Conley said. "He's fearless. He's got a great sense of where the ball is going to be even if you can't see it. He'll be going the right direction even if there's a misdirection play. His sixth sense and his football IQ is out of the roof as a freshman."
"Sometimes it's just a matter of the play that's called when they're in there," Richt said. "Gurley had a good many plays, but just more pass plays."
NFL head coaches plentiful in Athens
A former NFL head coach who still has a high-profile is coming to Athens later this week.
Jon Gruden, now an analyst on ESPN's Monday Night Football, will be the featured speaker this week at Georgia's coaching clinic, which will be held on Thursday and Friday.
Seven current NFL head coaches have already visited in the last week to further evaluate Georgia's NFL draft prospects either at Pro Day or for private workouts and/or meetings with former Bulldogs.
Linebacker Jarvis Jones said last week he was to meet with Kansas City and Philadelphia. The Chiefs' website posted a photo of Reid meeting with Mark Richt. Former Georgia defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs, now Kansas City's linebackers coach, also made the trip along with secondary coach Al Harris.
This and that Georgia will practice again on Thursday and go Friday and Saturday, too. After a chilly, windy scrimmage, Richt is looking forward to practicing later this week with temperatures forecast in the 60s. The team will scrimmage again on Saturday
Offensive tackle John Theus (foot) could have gone Tuesday if it was a regular practice but was held out in the scrimmage. "We didn't want his first experience back to be a scrimmage," Richt said. "We plan on practicing him Thursday. Richt expects Theus to return to right tackle, but isn't sure how the line will shuffle.