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Texas A&M keeps O-lineman Jake Matthews

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A couple of days ago, Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel confirmed that he would be foregoing his senior season for a chance in the NFL. That move was expected. This one, however, perhaps was not.

Fellow Aggies tackle Jake Matthews said on Thursday that he would be staying for one more year in College Station.

“After careful consideration, much thought and prayer, I am happy to announce that I am returning to Texas A&M for my senior season,” Matthews said in a statement. “There are a few things that really swayed my decision. Number one is the opportunity to play with my younger brother, Mike. (Mike will be a sophomore offensive lineman.) That opportunity doesn’t come around very often. The college experience is also a great time and with our team coming back next season, I think we have the chance to be very special. I love playing for the 12th Man. Our fans are the greatest and the atmosphere at Kyle Field is outstanding.”

Matthews was a first-team FWAA All-American and a second-team All-American as determined by the Walter Camp Foundation. Additionally, Matthews was selected as a first-team All-SEC  by both the league’s coaches and the Associated Press.

“I am excited that Jake has decided to come back for his senior season,” head coach Kevin Sumlin said. “Not only because he is one of the top offensive lineman in the country, but because of his approach and his leadership in our locker room. We will move him from right tackle to the left side and I think he will have a great senior season.”

A question going forward for A&M was how Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel would do in 2013 without some key members of this year’s O-line protecting him.

He’s getting one of those lineman back. And one out of two ain’t bad.

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4 Responses to “Texas A&M keeps O-lineman Jake Matthews”
  1. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 10, 2013 9:11 PM

    Worst kept secret around the A&M locker room in ever. Of course he was coming back, he wants to play on the same O Line with his brother.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 11, 2013 10:06 AM

    Need some guys to step up, but thats the story every year on every team in the country.

    Next years the year…. and we’ll know in week 3 if we’re for real or not.

    If we’re 3-0… 11-1 or 12-0 is a real possibility.

    This might be the most excited I’ve ever been about Aggie Football.

  3. txnative61 says: Jan 11, 2013 4:03 PM

    It’s not like Dad needs him to start earning to support the family. That would be NFL Hall of Famer Bruce with one of the longest NFL careers at Oilers/Titans. Or he could put the pinch on two to four brothers and cousins (can’t keep track) currently on NFL rosters, including All Pro cousin Clay Jr. at Green Bay. Last I heard Bruce had to resort to coaching Titan’s O line to make ends meet! Any bets on the next Matthews in the hall??

  4. florida727 says: Jan 11, 2013 5:22 PM

    #8to80… congratulations on the great news. Not so good for the rest of us in the SEC, but the 12th Man fans should really revel in this. Sports is cyclical, everyone knows that. So when your team or your conference is on a roll, it should be enjoyed because we all know it won’t last forever. I’m already anxious to see if anyone will be able to stop Manziel from putting up video game numbers again next year. You’d think after spending an off-season viewing tape of his game, his numbers might drop. I’m betting they don’t. He might very well finally be the guy that joins Archie Griffin with multiple Heismans. Good luck next year. Can somebody figure out how to speed up this whole March-through-October thing? Please.

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