May 16, 2007

Expectations rise for receiver Greg Mathews

Upon impressing their new coaches and teammates, many athletes make a beeline for the phone to share their excitement with family, friends and their high school coach. Michigan sophomore wide receiver Greg Mathews has not been boasting even though he has plenty of reason to do so following an award-winning spring …

Mathews claimed the John F. Maulbetsch Award as the freshman football candidate after spring practice that shows the most on the basis of desire, character, capacity for leadership and future success both on and off the gridiron. Teammates went a bit further, noting that in the absence of starting wideouts Mario Manningham (injury) and Adrian Arrington (discipline), Mathews blossomed into a potential No. 1 receiver for the Wolverines.

"Greg has always had a world of talent," Orlando Edgewater coach Bill Gierke said.

"He has phenomenal hand-eye coordination, which gives him the opportunity to catch just about anything thrown his way. His body is filling out more now, he's becoming thicker, more muscular, and when you add that size to what he can do instinctively you have the makings of a really special player."

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