Blinn QB can do it all

While he put up big numbers as a redshirt freshman, Blinn QB Eric Mathews (6-1, 182) knows he still has some things to work on as he gets ready to lead his team to what he hopes is a big season...

"I still have a lot to work on," Mathews told "I'm trying to get my footwork better, so I can slide easier in the pocket.

"I admit that sometimes I was too eager to run and didn't wait for things to happen, so if I can get my footwork better and slide in the pocket more, then that will allow me to keep plays alive."

As an enthusiastic runner, Mathews rushed for 717 yards and 13 touchdowns while also throwing for 2,399 yards with 20 touchdowns and only two interceptions.

"I can do whatever my coaches need me to do," Mathews said. "If they call on me to run, then I can do that, but I like to drop back and be a passer too, so it really doesn't matter to me."

As a prep at Brookshire (Tx.) Royal High School, Mathews qualified to play at the D-2 level, but decided to go the JUCO route so he could have a chance at playing at the highest level.

"I was going to go to Texas A&M-Kingsville, but I talked to one of my coaches and he said I should go to Blinn and give D-1 a shot," Mathews said. "It's been a good decision for me, but I want to get to the next level so I'm working on what I need to get done to get there."

Currently, Mathews has offers from Memphis and Texas State, but with the Tigers' new staff he is unsure of whether he still is in their plans.

"I just don't know where it stands with them right now," Mathews said. "I can leave this summer if the right opportunity comes around for me, so I'll just have to see what happens, but I want people to know that I can leave this summer."

If Mathews leaves this summer he would have three years to play three, but if he stays he will sign with a school in December and would have two years to play two following the 2012 season.

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