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Jake Matthews: No Regrets

November 14, 2013
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JAKE MATTHEWS: NO REGRETS

senior Jake Matthews has no regrets about coming back to Aggieland

by Will Johnson '01
Texas A&M Football Show

He decided to return to Texas A&M for his senior year, bypassing early entry into the NFL Draft.

A lot of Aggies should be thankful that Jake Matthews made this decision.

He’s helped this offense roll to over 40 points in every game—above 50 in five of those—but if you look at it, Jake is the one that’s grateful for his decision.

"I love going to school here. I love the fans, I love the environment...I really couldn’t pass it up."

“I definitely feel good about it,” Matthews said. “There were just so many things that were attracting me to come back for my senior year—the opportunity to play with my brother, finish my degree, all those things…I love going to school here. I love the fans, I love the environment and all that—I really couldn’t pass it up.

“I’m really excited and proud to be playing here for my senior year.”

And for his final campaign, he made a significant move.

No longer on the right side he was accustomed to, he’s been the left tackle for most of the year.

“Switching over to the left side…I knew it was going to be a challenge. But I thought I’ve played well, even having to switch back and forth to right tackle over the past few games. I’m just trying to go out here and help the team win, whatever it takes. I feel like I’ve had a pretty good year, but there’s still room for improvement. I think we can keep getting better.”

He won’t allow himself to reach his peak. You want to learn a little about the mindset of Matthews? Focus in on his remarks after the Auburn game. The offense had scored over 40 points and, once again, it was its dominant self.

That wasn’t good enough.

“You can’t really think of it that way, when we have the ball down inside their red zone trying to win the game, and we couldn’t finish,” Matthews said in the locker room after the 45-41 defeat. “It’s just frustrating. It’s time for us to grow up, that’s one thing. Stuff needs to change, and we’re going to do that for sure.”

Reflecting back on that day, he agrees now with his emotions then.

"Whatever it is, whatever the coach wants you do to, I’m all for it. Whatever you can do to help the team win."

“After the game, there were a lot of things that our team needed to change to improve ourselves in order to win. (The offensive line) have always tried to take the responsibility on ourselves, as the group up front, you know? What can we do to help us win? That’s something I really try to focus on every week.”

His bloodlines are a storyline—but you won’t necessarily hear it from him.

A Matthews’ family value? Humility.

“Being raised, it’s always been, ‘What can I do to help this team out?’ It’s not been, “What can I get from this team?’ So that’s something we’ve always tried to focus on when we’re playing. Like I said before, even if I have to switch back over to right tackle…whatever it is, whatever the coach wants you do to, I’m all for it.

“Whatever you can do to help the team win.”

And his family was a big part of the decision to return to A&M—a choice he’s glad he made.

“We were real confident in the decision, and I was especially confident. I felt like it was the best decision for me and it’s what I wanted.

“Looking back on it, I’ve got no regrets.”

 

 

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