Junior ranks second among active SEC receivers with 967 career receiving yards
July 17, 2012
Tallahassee, Fla. - Vanderbilt junior wide receiver Jordan Matthews has been named a preseason candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's outstanding receiver.
Matthews, who topped the Southeastern Conference last year with a 19.0-yard average per reception, becomes the first Commodore receiver recognized by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club since Earl Bennett earned All-America honors in 2007.
Matthews' amazing sophomore campaign included career highs of 41 catches, 783 receiving yards and five touchdowns. The Madison, Ala. native caught fire in the second half of the 2011 season, nabbing 36 catches for 715 yards in his last seven appearances. During the stretch he posted three straight 100-yard games, including a career-best 171 yards at Florida. His effort against the Gators gave him the most receiving yards for a Commodore since Bennett's 223-yard effort against Richmond in 2007. Matthews' three-game span also made him the first Commodore to post three straight 100-yard games since Dan Stricker in 2000.
Entering the 2012 season, Matthews has 56 career receptions for 967 yards and nine touchdowns. His 967 career yards rank second in the Southeastern Conference among active receivers.
The 2012 Biletnikoff Award recipient, to be selected by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, will be announced on Dec. 6 on the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
The award pays tribute to Biletnikoff, a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and National Football League Hall of Fame. He was an All-American at Florida State.