Walk-on Rutgers WR Vance Matthews Ready for Any Role

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Walk-on Vance Matthews was ready against Michigan, and will be again Saturday if other Rutgers options are not available. After Matthews made his first-career catch against Michigan and will be a key piece as Leonte Carroo and Carlton Agudosi recover.

The same guy that moved to cornerback so he could contribute stepped into his biggest role to date against Michigan when Rutgers receiver Vance Matthews made his first college catch. Matthews began the game as the backup X receiver. He moved into a role with the ones when Leonte Carroo and Carlton Agudosi played through pain.

"Wherever they need me, they need me," Matthews said on his role. "Obviously I don't want to see my teammates go down. We're all competitive but that's not the way you want to earn a spot. Like I said, you just have to stay prepared and be ready for the moment whenever the moment happens. All of our guys are playing right now, which is good. We look forward to having Leonte back out there and Carlton being healthier than he was last game. ... If something happens, I'm ready to go in."

Matthews committed to Rutgers as a preferred walk on, where he learned the ropes alongside fellow impact walk-on Paul James as rommates.

"I'm a big competitor," Matthews said. "I knew it was going to be tough and it was going to be a hard road, but I didn't want to take the easy road and maybe go to a smaller school to try to play. I wanted to push myself, and I think, in the long run it's the best decision I made. I love being here. I love competing every day. Knowing that I can play with the best in a great conference, that motivates me to do more every day."

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