Richt: Matthews Done at Georgia

ATHENS – Safety Tray Matthews won't return for his sophomore season at Georgia.

The Newnan native, who was considered a four-star defensive back by, tweeted that he was leaving, and said that he was heading to either Louisville or Auburn. In both cases he would have to sit out a year before playing.

The transfer ends the saga that was Matthews' career in Athens. Coach Mark Richt was not very forgiving in a press release about Matthews' dismissal.

"We are trying to make room for guys who want to do things right," he said in the statement.

Often that wasn't Matthews.

After being arrested for on misdemeanor theft by deception charges in the spring, Matthews was on thin ice. But he was allowed to practice with the team during the spring. However, he didn't play during G Day. He claimed that his hamstring was still injured, but the reason for him missing the game seemed unclear.

Matthews will be most remembered for trying to intercept a ball instead of batting it down on the final defensive play of Auburn's miraculous 43-38 win over Georgia last fall. replays showed that Matthews was trying to catch the ball, but it ricocheted off his pads into the arms of Ricardo Louis, who scored the game-winning touchdown.

Matthews joins fellow defensive backs Josh Harvey-Clemons and good friend Shaq Wiggins in transferring or being kicked off the Bulldog roster this spring. Uriah LeMay, who was also arrested with Matthews and Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach, also left the program. DeLoach and Taylor are still with the program.

Matthews, Harvey-Clemons and Wiggins were all starters at some point of 2014. Matthews started six games for the Bulldogs in 2013 and played in eight games. He finished with 36 tackles - including 23 solo stops. But Matthews seemed to be passed by fellow freshman Quincy Mauger at his safety spot as the season went on. Mauger started seven games by the end of the year and frequently practice with the first team defense while Matthews was practice with the second team during the spring.

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