Ducks’ Mathis finds the fun again

EUGENE, Ore. — Reality hit Dior Mathis like a thin, flat stone finds the bottom of a pond, slowing gliding downward — side-to-side — before finally resting in the wet, murky sand.

He had been the high school All-American cornerback, self-assured enough to leave the state of Michigan. He had been the one who people in Detroit stayed up late for, to tune into Pac-12 games, only to see him on the sideline.

He was going to be something big.

And yet, here he was.

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