In the last four years, no South Carolina football player started more games than Cliff Matthews. The defensive end from Cheraw started 47 games, amassing 149 tackles, 15.5 sacks and 26 tackles-for-loss, but Matthews is moving on to the next stage of his career – the NFL. Matthews will provide The State with a diary of his experiences between now and April 28, when the NFL Draft begins in New York.
In this week’s diary, Matthews talks about USC’s pro day, in which he worked out for NFL coaches and scouts at three positions – defensive end, linebacker and tight end.
It went pretty good actually. I did three different positions: D-lineman, tight end and linebacker. I knew going in that they wanted me to work out at tight end. I did tight end drills for one team at the NFL Combine. Right now, I am unemployed, no job, no income, so I’ll do whatever it takes. I played tight end in high school. Going back felt great, actually. It brought back a lot of memories.
I was actually going to play a little tight end here. Coach Spurrier had a couple plays for me. Unfortunately, I got hurt. This was in the 2009 season. We put them in in the summer and then I hurt my shoulder, and we got away from it. All I needed was the opportunity. It brought back a lot of memories.
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I was a pretty good tight end in high school. I think I had 17 catches for 256 yards my senior year. I did a better in all my workouts than I did at the NFL Combine. I don’t know the exact time in the 40-yard dash, but it was better. I did 20 reps on the bench. I did 17 in Indianapolis. Twenty is the most I’ve ever done in my life.