Now former New Mexico State quarterback Tyler Matthews provided some insight into his decision to leave the football program, via his Twitter account on Tuesday.
Matthews was in a competition with junior QB Tyler Rogers, but clearly was not happy with how head coach Doug Martin handled recent events involving Rogers, who was arrested on Friday for his role in an alleged domestic violence incident Aug. 14. Or at least his perception of how the issue was handled as there are likely still facts that have not been made available other than what I reported from police reports.
Matthews informed me that he is not seeking a waiver to play somewhere else, effectively ending his career as a graduate transfer.
I do not know for sure, but I would also question the likelihood of his younger brother, Cameron Matthews, remaining at NMSU either. Cameron Matthews is currently a grey shirt QB.
Obviously Matthews did not see eye to eye with Martin, but his departure is still a head scratcher to me. Coaches and fellow players alike raved about his leadership qualities and in my interactions with him, he had knowledge of the game and physical tools. I must also say that he did not perform well in fall camp, but to expect him to be at the top of his game with no spring football is also unrealistic. Which is to say, at some point this season, Matthews would have had his shot to play and while I believe Matthews was rightly showing his frustration, I also believed Martin when he told me he wished Matthews would have stayed. It's a long season and we saw last year that it's highly unlikely Rogers or anyone else would play every down whether it's injury or performance related.
Matthews struck me as a mature beyond his years kind of player, which is what shocked me about his departure at such an early stage to what proved to be his last year as a football player.