July 8, 2013
Record-breaking Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews was named as a preseason contender for the Maxwell Award, given annually to college football's top player.
Matthews, a senior from Madison, Ala., is among just seven wide receivers included on the 75-player watch list released today by the sponsoring Maxwell Football Club.
Inclusion in the Maxwell Award watch list is the latest preseason recognition for Matthews, who enters his final season with the chance to become one of the most accomplished receivers in Southeastern Conference history. Matthews has been named as a First Team All-SEC receiver by virtually every preseason magazine, and earned preseason All-America honors from Athlon and Phil Steele.
Matthews is one of 16 standouts from the SEC named to the Maxwell watch list. He is the second Commodore named to the Maxwell list in consecutive yearsw, joining running back Zac Stacy in 2012.
Matthews is coming off the most productive season ever by a Vanderbilt receiver when he hauled in 94 catches for 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns. The 94 receptions is tied for the second highest single-season total in SEC history behind Keith Edwards' Vanderbilt record of 97 catches in 1983. Matthews' yardage total broke Boo Mitchell's former team record of 1,213 yards set in 1988 and ranks as the fifth highest single-season total in conference history.
Entering the season opener Aug. 29 against Ole Miss, Matthews needs 804 receiving yards to break the SEC career record of 3,093 yards accumulated by former Georgia standout Terrence Edwards from 1999-2002.
Matthews needs another sensational year to push former Commodore Earl Bennett's school and SEC record of 236 career receptions. Matthews enters the season 86 catches shy of matching Bennett.
In 2012, Matthews topped 100 receiving yards in six games while becoming Vanderbilt's first consensus First Team All-SEC receiver since Bennett was recognized in 2007.
Matthews has posted his finest games against SEC competition. In 2012, he averaged 109.6 receiving yards in eight league games, including a 153-yard performance at Ole Miss, a 131-yard effort against Florida and a 147-yard total against South Carolina.
Since midseason of his sophomore campaign, Matthews' totals in conference play are even more impressive. In his last 12 SEC games, Matthews has totaled 1,403 receiving yards, an average of 116.9 yards per game. He has surpassed 100 receiving yards in eight of the 12 games.
Coming off a 9-4 campaign capped with a victory in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Matthews and the Commodores will help kick off the college football season on ESPN for the second straight year when they host Ole Miss on Thursday, Aug. 29.
Season tickets remain available, starting at $145 and $160 for Vanderbilt Stadium end zone sections. Tickets can be purchased online or via phone at (615) 322-GOLD (4653). The Vanderbilt Ticket Office also is open during regular hours on weekdays in McGugin Athletics Center, 2601 Jess Neely Drive.