July 16, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Vanderbilt wide receivers Jordan Matthews and Chris Boyd were named to the 2013 Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation Tuesday.
Matthews, a senior from Madison, Ala., ranks as the SEC's active leader with 150 career catches and 2,282 receiving yards. Boyd, a redshirt junior from Roswell, Ga., has posted 81 catches and 1,247 receiving yards during a two-year starting career.
Matthews and Boyd are among 75 players mentioned as candidates for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate wide receiver.
It also marks the first season that the Tallahassee Quarterback Club has recognized two Vanderbilt receivers in its preseason watch list. The initial Biletnikoff Award was presented in 1994.
Together, Matthews and Boyd rank as the SEC's top returning wide receiving tandem. The duo amassed 144 catches, 2,097 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns during Vanderbilt's 9-4 campaign in 2012.
Since starting their Vanderbilt careers, the Matthews-Boyd tandem has combined for 231 catches, 3,537 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns.
This marks the second consecutive year that Matthews has been recognized in the Biletnikoff watch list. Recently named as a Maxwell Award candidate, Matthews is coming off one of the finest receiving seasons in Southeastern Conference history after hauling in 94 receptions for 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns. Matthews' reception and yardage figures from 2012 both rank among the top five single-season totals in conference history.
This marks the first Biletnikoff preseason recognition for Boyd, who came into his own last year. The junior totaled 50 catches, 774 receiving yards and five touchdowns, including a pair of acrobatic catches in late-season victories over Tennessee and N.C. State. Boyd's 2012 season ranks among the top 10 receiving campaigns ever by a Vanderbilt receiver.
The Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on Dec. 12, on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. will announce ten semifinalists on Nov. 18, following the vote by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee. Likewise, three finalists will be declared one week later.
The name Biletnikoff is synonymous with the term receiver. Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame, was an All-Pro receiver with the Oakland Raiders and an All-America receiver at Florida State University. He caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns in his 14-year Raiders career from 1965 through 1978. Fred was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI.