As we continue our Countdown to Kickoff, we present to you the man rocking the #47 jersey, senior Clay Matthews III. Clay Matthews is probably one of the most underrated players on our roster. As a former walk-on he doesn't tout the 5-star status that some of our other linebackers have, but he can flat out play. He plays with a lot of heart and is one of the best tacklers on defense as well as the best field goal/punt blockers on special teams.
This spring Matthews was asked to learn a new position, in addition to the multiple linebacker positions he's capable of playing. With the loss of 1st round NFL Draft selections Sedrick Ellis and Lawrence Jackson to the Trojan defensive line the coaches asked Matthews to play the defensive end position. This season Matthews is expected to see most of his playing time at the Leo spot, while also serving as Brian Cushing's backup at the Sam linebacker position. It is also possible that Matthews will see time at the Elephant position that Cushing played during the 2006 season when the Trojans played a modified 3-4 defense.
Matthew is one tough SOB, and I cant wait to this monster prowling on defense.
Beat the Cavaliers!