LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Tyler Matthews, who shattered most of McPherson High’s passing records during his two years in the program as he threw for nearly 6,000 yards, has left the New Mexico State football team, according to published reports and his own Twitter account.
“He decided he didn't want to play," New Mexico State head coach Doug Martin said in a statement released online. "I wish the kid would have stayed, but we have to move on."
It’s been a circuitous route for Matthews. He started his career at TCU, but lost out to Trevone Boykin for the starting job. He then transferred to Southern Mississippi, where Nick Mullens put up huge numbers in front of him and was entrenched as the starter.
Matthews was a four-star recruit out of McPherson High and played in a national All-Star Game in San Antonio.
Matthews posted this on his Twitter account:
“In the past, I have been fortunate enough to have been around successful coaches who hold every player to a high standard on AND off the field. Due to the mishandling of events inside the program, I decided to part ways with New Mexico State football program. And, if I ‘quit’ because I was “named the backup,” I would have quit playing football 4 years ago.”
The incident Matthews was referring to was that junior quarterback Tyler Rogers was arrested recently for misdemeanor battery. Rogers, however, reportedly is still the starting quarterback. Reportedly, the two were nearly even during the preseason.