STray Matthews

Auburn — SEC
  • Height: 6003
  • Weight: 209
  • Hometown: Newnan, GA
  • Age: 23

Bio

2017 (Redshirt Senior): Returning starter at free safety … 180 career tackles, 5 career interceptions … 13-yard fumble recovery and 5 solo tackles at Clemson … 4
solo stops vs. Mercer … team-best 6 tackles at Missouri … interception, 3 tackles vs. Mississippi State … 5 tackles vs. Ole Miss … did not play at
Arkansas … 6 tackles at Texas A&M … TFL, 3 tackles vs. Georgia … team-high 7 tackles vs. Alabama … 8 tackles, sack, PBU in SEC championship …
Preseason: Bednarik Award watch list, Reese’s Senior Bowl watch list, 2nd team all-SEC (SEC coaches, Lindy’s, SEC media, CBS Sports), 3rd team
all-SEC (Phil Steele), 4th team all-SEC (Athlon) … graduate student in education ... Reese’s Senior Bowl invitation

 

2016 (Redshirt Junior): Auburn’s leading tackler with 76 stops while starting every game … starter at strong safety against Clemson, recording nine tackles … five tackles and a PBU against Arkansas State … two solo stops against Texas A&M … team-best nine tackles vs. LSU … four tackles vs. ULM … had seven tackles at Mississippi State … three tackles against Arkansas … team-best 11 tackles at Ole Miss … seven tackles and forced a Vanderbilt fumble … interception and team-high eight tackles at Georgia, his former school … had six tackles and a PBU at Alabama ... three tackles in Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma

2015 (Redshirt Sophomore): Earned starting nod at strong safety … transfer from Georgia … intercepted Louisville’s first play from scrimmage, returning it 35 yards … also had eight tackles vs. the Cardinals … missed Jacksonville State game with shoulder injury … five tackles at LSU … six tackles, TFL vs. Mississippi State … eight tackles, PBU vs. San José State … five tackles at Arkansas … four tackles vs. Ole Miss … missed Texas A&M, Georgia games with injury … seven tackles vs. Idaho ... 6-yard interception, two tackles vs. Memphis in Birmingham Bowl

2014 (Sophomore): Redshirted due to NCAA transfer regulations ... Academic Top Tiger

2013 (Freshman At Georgia): Appeared in eight games, making six starts ... tallied 36 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble in his freshman season ... 12 tackles (10 solo) at No. 7 Auburn ... tallied six tackles, including four solo, vs. No. 6 LSU ... two tackles and an interception vs. North Texas ... then-career-high eight tackles at No. 8 Clemson

High School: High school coach: Mike McDonald ... PrepStar Dream Team 150 ... Rivals, Scout.com, 247 Sports and ESPN four-star prospect ... 2012 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Class 6A first-team defense ... 2012 Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State Class 6A defense ... 6th-ranked prospect in Georgia, No. 7 safety in the nation by Rivals.com ... No. 10 safety in the nation in ESPN's Top 150 ... 247Sports.com No.13 safety in the country, No. 9 player in Georgia ... Fox Sports NEXT No. 9 safety ... recorded 51 tackles including 2.0 tackles for loss, 528 yards receiving and 42 yards rushing in his senior season at Newnan ... 2013 Army All-American Bowl and Junior Bowl participant ... also a basketball letterman

Personal: Birthday is October 18 ... son of Carlos and Sonya Matthews ... has two siblings, Thaddeus and Ayana ... received his bachelor's degree in December, 2016 ... working toward a master's degree in the College of Education