2017 NFL Draft

Jeff Mathews, QB

School: Cornell  |  Conference: IVY
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 223 lbs.
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05/13/2014 - Falcons Add 20 College Free Agents: Mathews, 6-4, 229 pounds, was the most prolific passer in Cornell history owning 47 school records and 18 Ivy League marks. He completed 901 of 1447 passes (62.2 pct.) for 11,284 yards with 72 touchdowns in 38 career games for the Big Red. Mathews was the Ventura County Player of the Year as a senior at Camarillo High School in Camarillo, CA after passing for 3,314 yards and 37 touchdowns. - Atlanta Falcons

01/18/2014 - PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES AT THE SHRINE GAME: 8. QB Jeff Mathews, Cornell (6-4, 225, 4.93, #9)...If it weren't for Garoppolo, the quarterback talk would be all about Mathews and the week he had in St. Petersburg. He showed off his arm strength, passing vision and touch to all levels of the field and with his size, he fits what the NFL wants at the position. Mathews will hold the ball too long at times and needs to be more assertive, but he's a quality developmental quarterback who projects as a day three pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/13/2014 - 2014 Shrine Game: Monday Practice Report...Although the first day of practice is usually sloppy with a lot of walk-through as players become acclimated to a new setting, coaches and teammates, there were several prospects who stood out on day one, starting with the quarterbacks on the East Squad. Cornell QB Jeff Mathews had a middling senior season and entered this week as a prospect under-the-microscope. In Monday's east practice, he started slow, but picked up steam and got into rhythm with as the drills progressed, showing off his big arm and downfield vision. Mathews displayed good placement, accuracy and anticipation, something that he flashed in college, and he gained confidence throughout the practice. His set-up, release and overall process is average at-best, but he has the superior arm strength compared to the other passers in St. Petersburg this week. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Jeff Matthews, Cornell, threw for 467 yards and four TDs and ran for a fifth score in a 42-41 win over Penn. - AP Sports

11/24/2013 - Jeff Matthews threw for four touchdowns and ran in a fifth as Cornell held off a late Penn rally to win 42-41 in its season finale Saturday. Matthews completed 33 of his 47 passes for 467 yards, sending TD passes to three difference receivers. Luke Hagy hauled in two, a 19-yarder to give the Big Red the lead in the third quarter and an 8-yard yarder in the fourth. The other two TD grabs were by Grant Gellatly and Lucas Shapiro. Cornell (3-7, 2-5 Ivy) also scored on a blocked punt.

The Quakers (4-6, 3-4) trailed by 21 with 7:49 to play and rallied with three unanswered touchdowns, including a 39-yard interception return by Sam Chwarzynski. But the extra point kick was blocked by Tre' Minor, securing the Cornell win. It was the second straight week that Penn saw a potential comeback rally stall. - AP Sports

11/11/2013 - NFL DRAFT WEEK 11 STOCK REPORT, PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: QB Jeff Matthews, Cornell...Matthews has NFL size and arm strength, but is just a tick too slow with his entire process from his decision-making to his delivery, holding the ball too long and taking too many hits. In his defense, Matthews hasn't received a lot of help from the play-calling or his supporting cast, especially a porous offensive line, but he has been too indecisive and sluggish in his movements. He flashes with his above average arm strength and NFL toughness, but it's clear he's not ready for the next level and is reminiscent of a smarter, but not as confident version of Ryan Mallett. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/11/2013 - NFL DRAFT WEEK 11 STOCK REPORT, PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: QB Jeff Matthews, Cornell...The most accomplished quarterback in Ivy League history, Matthews has put together a strong resume that has him on the NFL's radar. But his senior year hasn't exactly gone according to plan due to inconsistent play as Cornell has lost seven straight. Against Dartmouth on Saturday, Matthews struggled to push the ball downfield or sustain drives, finishing with a season-low 170 passing yards with only 50% completions (16-for-32). He has a bad habit of telegraphing throws and really struggles without a clean pocket, lacking the mobility to consistently adjust, reset and deliver an accurate throw. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/15/2013 - Over a dozen NFL scouts were in attendance for the Cornell-Harvard match-up on Saturday, presumably to see Big Red senior quarterback Jeff Mathews. But despite passing for 472 yards (the most given up in school history by a Harvard defense), Cornell couldn't keep up as Mathews tossed a pair of interceptions, which pushes his season total to six in just four games. He has the size and arm strength that will give him a fighting chance in the NFL, but his inconsistent footwork, which greatly affects his ball placement, continues to be a problem. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/06/2013 - Jimmy DeCicco rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns to lead Colgate to a 41-20 victory over Cornell Saturday. The Raiders (1-4) dominated the Big Red (1-2) in the second half, outscoring Cornell 24-0. Quarterback Jake Melville filled in admirably after Gavin McCarney was injured early in the third quarter, finishing with one rushing touchdown and one passing. Melville's 6-yard scoring run capped a 15-play, 75-yard drive and gave Colgate a 23-20 lead.

DeCicco added both of his scores in the fourth quarter, including a 77-yard scamper to push the lead to 35-20. Dan Cason finished with 8 catches for 120 yards for the Raiders. Cornell's Jeff Mathews threw for 351 yards and two scores, but also had two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown. Mathews also became the Ivy League's all-time leader with 9,303 passing yards, eclipsing the previous record of 9,294, held by Brown's James Perry. - AP Sports

09/28/2013 - Deon Randall scored four second-half touchdowns as Yale pulled away from Cornell for a 38-23 win Saturday in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 Ivy League) broke a 10-10 halftime tie with four consecutive touchdown drives, the first three culminating with touchdown passes from Henry Furman to Randall. Randall then ran for a 10-yard score on Yale's following possession to extend its lead to 38-10 in the fourth quarter. Randall finished with 11 receptions for 148 yards. Furman went 29 for 36 and had 353 yards passing.

Jeff Mathews threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns for Cornell (1-1, 0-1) but also tossed two interceptions and fumbled on a sack. Cornell led 10-7 just before halftime but couldn't stop the Yale offense in the second half as the Bulldogs avenged a 45-6 loss in last year's game between the two teams. - AP Sports

09/21/2013 - Jeff Mathews threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns as Cornell overcame an early deficit to rout Bucknell 45-13 in its non-conference season opener at home Saturday. The Ivy League's Big Red (1-0) trailed 10-0 in the first quarter, but roared back in the second quarter as Mathews threw touchdown passes to Chris Lenz and Lucas Shapiro to take a 17-13 lead. Cornell pulled ahead in the third quarter on Mathews' 14-yard strike to Luke Hagy.

Tre' Minor and Jarrod Watson-Lewis each returned fumbles for a touchdown in the third to fuel the rout. Shapiro finished with 113 yards receiving on five catches. CJ Williams ran for 148 yards on 30 carries for Bucknell (1-1, Patriot League). Brandon Wesley went 7-for-16 with 118 yards and an interception. The Cornell victory was the first for David Archer, 30, the youngest head coach in Division I Football. - AP Sports

08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: Jeff Mathews, Cornell,...One of the most exciting and productive quarterbacks in the history of the Ivy League, Mathews enters his final season on East Hill on the cusp of history. Already Cornell's career passing leader, he is a two-time Bushnell Cup finalist for Ivy League Player of the Year, and became the first sophomore to ever win the award in 2011. Despite playing through numerous injuries that limited him in 2012, Mathews was one of 20 players on the Walter Payton Award Watch List and a preseason first-team FCS All-American by Beyond Sports College Network. He was a two-time conference Offensive Player of the Week in 2012 and led the Ivy League in passing attempts (405), completions (251) and yards (3,196).

He also finished second in passing touchdowns (18), completion percentage (.620) and pass efficiency (137.5) for players with at least five starts despite missing a game. Mathews finished on the All-Ivy second team and was runner-up for the Bushnell Cup. He ranked second nationally in passing yardage (355.1), third in total offense (338.4), 21st in points responsible for (13.8) and 32nd in pass efficiency (137.5). He is again on the Walter Payton Award Watch List to begin the 2013 campaign. - Cornell football

07/18/2013 - 2013 WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCH LIST: Jeff Mathews, Cornell Big Red, Quarterback, Senior...It's amazing to think that last season Mathews ranked No. 2 in the FCS in passing yards per game (355.1) but it was somewhat of a disappointing season for him as his statistics dropped slightly from 2011 and Cornell failed to challenge for the Ivy League title. But the big Californian surpassed 400 yards passing in a game three times, including his third time over 500 yards.

The Ivy League's 2011 offensive player of the year was the runner-up for the 2012 award. Considered a recruiting steal for the Big Red, Mathews is rewriting the Cornell record book. He has a strong arm and doesn't shy from contact. With 8,331 career passing yards, he ranks second in Ivy League history, and this season he should soar past record-holder James Perry, who had 9,294 yards for Brown from 1997-99. - The Sports Network


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